24 months
12000 USD/year
12000 USD/year
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As a student in this M.A. in The Bible and the Ancient Near East at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, you will receive the necessary training for further academic study at the doctoral level. Our alumni have been admitted to top doctoral programs in the field and several are now faculty members at universities and colleges around the world.

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The M.A. in The Bible and the Ancient Near East  at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem  focuses on contemporary Biblical Studies (Hebrew scriptures) and provides grounding in both Biblical Hebrew and Akkadian, with the option to study Modern Hebrew at the beginners through advanced levels. In addition, students acquire a sound knowledge of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, and take courses in biblical archaeology and philology.

Faculty & Research

The M.A. in the Bible & the Ancient Near East faculty is a highly credentialed group with extensive teaching and research experience. The head of the M.A. program, Prof. Nili Wazana, specializes in the history of the Biblical period and classical prophetic literature. Prof. Michael Segal, currently the Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities, specializes in early Second Temple period literature, Qumran literature, as well as the Greek and Aramaic translations of the Bible. Prof. Baruch Schwartz specializes in priestly literature and classical prophetic literature. Other faculty members’ focuses include Ancient Near East history, and literature, and reception history.

Programme Structure

  • The program consists of required and elective courses taken over two academic years (four semesters in total). Each academic year runs from October – June. Biblical Hebrew and Akkadian study are required. Modern Hebrew study is optional and requires payment of an additional fee. Students may study additional languages if desired, but these courses will not count for credit towards their degree.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Hebrew University
  • Minimum B average (85/100 or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12000 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Jerusalem

3622 - 5916 ILS /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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