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MSt in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period


University of Oxford Faculty of Oriental Studies

About the course

This MSt in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period aims to provide a good general knowledge of Jewish history, religion and culture in the period from 200 BCE to 135 CE, the period of the Second Temple and early Rabbinic Judaism; to introduce you to the range of primary sources for Jewish history in this period; and to equip you with both the understanding and the ability to use a range of historiographical and critical methods in the treatment of such primary sources.

The course consists of instruction in the history and institutions of the Jews and in three specialised areas of Jewish studies which involve close study of particular types of primary texts. You will be expected to have a working knowledge of the relevant languages before starting the course, and no time is set aside for

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any subject - previous knowledge of Jewish studies is not a requirement for admission.

Applicants need to have sufficient knowledge of Hebrew. Some options can only be chosen by students with prior knowledge of Greek.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.

Contact the National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) to check how non-UK qualifications may match these requirements.


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