Master of Studies in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period

Differences from 2015/16 to 2022/23

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of OrientalAsian and Middle Eastern Studies that they possess the necessary qualification in the Hebrew language to profit by the course. Those wishing to take options (e) or (f) must show evidence of their knowledge of Greek.

  • 2. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of study in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period.

  • 3. Syllabus

    There will be four Units. Each unit is examined by a written paper.

  • Unit (i) Essay questions on Jewish history and institutions from 200 BCE to 135 CE.

  • Units (ii), (iii) and (iv) Prescribed texts. Select one paper for each unit from the following list:

    • (a) Dead Sea scrolls

    • (b) Mishnah

    • (c) Midrash

    • (d) Targum

    • (e) Septuagint

    • (f) Hellenistic Jewish literature

      (g) Any other subject approved by the Board.

  • 4. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of Week 7 of Michaelmas Term.

  •  5. Candidates may be required to attend a viva.

Teaching for some options may not be available in every year. Applicants for admission will be advised of this.