Through an integrative curriculum, students pursuing our M.A. in Hebrew and Cognate Languages develop a high level of competency in the languages of the Hebrew Bible within their historic and linguistic contexts. In the process, students make contact with the geographical, historical, and cultural realities that interface with ancient texts.
Particular emphasis is placed on the biblical Hebrew language as a critical aspect of the holistic cultural world of the Bible. Simply put, our students become familiar with the Bible that Jesus read.
We are hard pressed to find a more appropriate place to study biblical Hebrew and its closely associated cognate languages than in Jerusalem. Here students enrolled in our M.A. in Hebrew and Cognate Languages have ample opportunity to draw upon the rich language resources of Jerusalem and the lands of the Bible.
Students pursuing the degree are immersed in modern Hebrew and Arabic speaking environments, important for facilitating competency in the ancient languages used in the Holy Land. Many of the sites and geographical realities that interface with ancient texts are found here. Further, the world comes to Jerusalem—conferences and seminars held throughout the city beckon our students to interact with biblical scholars and language experts from around the world.
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The M.A. degree in Hebrew and Cognate Languages includes 48 semester credit hours of course work as outlined below. The degree is designed to be completed within two calendar years, although students choosing to pursue the thesis track are granted an additional year. Students for whom English is not their native language are expected to finish the degree in three years if taking the non-thesis track, or four years if pursuing the thesis track. Up to 24 credits of approved graduate-level courses may be transferred in from another degree program if approved by the JUC Academic Committee.
JUC offers double M.A. programs for students who choose to study for an additional year and are accepted into a second M.A. program. Students may share up to half (24) the credits between the following three M.A. programs: Biblical History and Geography, Hebrew and Cognate Languages, and Hebraic Roots of Christianity.
M.A. students may choose to write a thesis as part of their degree program. Once a topic of interest is chosen, the student will work with two faculty members to develop a thesis proposal, then research and write the thesis. The process of writing a thesis not only allows the student to engage a topic in depth, but also to learn methods of research and writing that allow the student to pursue further academic work.
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