24 months
4024 USD/year
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This two-year Biblical Studies program from Bar Ilan University will grant you the basic tools for the scientific study of the Hebrew Bible. The program will be taught entirely in English by leading experts.


Key Features

The Biblical Studies program from Bar Ilan University invites you to join students from all over the world who are studying this timeless text with globally-renowned lecturers and researchers, in the land where it all happened. Here, you will enjoy the unique experience of highest-level academic rigor in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for the Bible and what it has contributed to humanity.

The Bar-Ilan University Bible Studies Department is dedicated to the teaching and critical study of the Hebrew Bible according to its original meaning. The department also specializes in the study of traditional biblical interpretation, including the ancient translations, Second Temple literature, rabbinic sources, and medieval and early modern Jewish commentators. Study in the department imparts tools for linguistic, historical, archaeological, literary, and theological approaches to the text.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Second Temple Literature 
  • Inscriptions from the Biblical Period
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The Biblical Story
  • The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East
  • Biblical Hebrew 
  • Computer Applications in Biblical Research
  • The Ark of the Covenant 
  • Ethics in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • BA degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • CV
  • Letter of Intent (for an example click here)
  • Fluency in English

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    4024 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4024 USD per year during 24 months.

Tuition for foreign students is 25% above the base tuition for Israeli master`s degree students.

Living costs for Ramat Gan

3566 - 5814 ILS /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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