Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Study Classical Hebrew and Aramaic under world-class experts. Join Leiden University’s MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisation in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies and study Classical Hebrew and the various Aramaic languages through their 3000-year history (with particular emphasis on the pre-modern period), against their wider Semitic background, and informed by current approaches to language. Leiden University is home to the only Chair of both Hebrew and Aramaic worldwide and plays a major role in international research in the field.

Your focus during your studies will be on acquiring a broad overview of Hebrew and Aramaic, as well as a thorough knowledge of a chosen area of specialisation, with the rich and diverse expertise on Linguistics in all its aspects at Leiden just at your fingertips.

Choose a Master’s in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies at Leiden University:

  • Choose from a broad curriculum hat offers courses in advanced Biblical Hebrew, various Aramaic languages, and Comparative Semitics, but also allows you to explore several different epigraphic idioms, such as Ugaritic and Phoenician, which are rarely taught at present-day universities.
  • Gain expert knowledge on the various Aramaic languages set against the background of their 3000-year history. Choose from topics including the historical grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Aramaic within the cultural matrix of the Roman Near East, etc.
  • Hone essential intellectual and practical abilities including how to think analytically and creatively on non-mainstream topics, study Semitic languages in close contact with modern linguistic approaches and in a research-intensive environment.
  • Learn how to set up and execute a quality research project on a topic you want to gain more specialised knowledge in, while collaborating with experienced supervisors and profit from daily contact with several junior researchers actively involved in doctoral work on Semitic languages.

It is also possible to study Hebrew and Aramaic Studies within the two-year Research Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations.

Check out the programme in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Classics and Ancient Civilisations
  • Degree Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilisations
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60821

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