Program Overview

This two-year MA program 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.

We invite 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.

Students can choose to start their studies in March or October each year.

Dr. Dominick Hernandez describes his experience at BIU’s Doctoral program in Biblical Studies

Brian Kinzel, a current doctoral student in Biblical Studies shares his insight of the program

Application 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**

**All applicants applying to the MA in Biblical Studies’ English program who are from non-English-speaking countries or are non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants can do so by submitting official and original test scores for IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge exams.

The applicant’s English proficiency tests scores must show one of the following:

  • CEFR at the B2 level.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5. All test components need to be in the B2 range. We do not accept IELTS General Training.
  • TOEFL (paper): 550 or TOEFL iBT (internet): 79, all test components need to be in the B2 range.

Take Note

Students must upload their proof of English proficiency documents with the other required documentation during the registration process.

Students whose university BA is in another discipline or who have come from outside the university are often required to enroll in supplementary BA-level courses in Bible, prior to commencing study on the Master’s level.

Sample Course List
  • Second Temple Literature – Prof. James Kugel
  • Inscriptions from the Biblical Period – Prof. Esther Eshel
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls – Prof. Eyal Regev
  • The Biblical Story – Prof. Isaac Gottlieb
  • The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East – Dr. Nili Samet
  • Biblical Hebrew – Dr. Jeremy Bajema
  • Computer Applications in Biblical Research – Dr. Leeor Gottlieb
  • The Ark of the Covenant – Dr. Raanan Eichler
  • Ethics in the Bible and the Ancient Near East – Dr. Jeremiah Unterman
  • War and Peace in the Hebrew Bible – Dr. Shira Golani
  • The Book of Genesis – Dr. Zvi Shimon
  • The Book of Samuel – Dr. Shira Golani
  • The Book of Kings – Dr. Raanan Eichler
  • The Book of Jeremiah – Dr. Jeremiah Unterman
  • Wisdom Literature – Dr. Nili Samet
  • Ruth and Esther – Prof. Isaac Gottlieb
  • Studies in the Septuagint – Dr. Leeor Gottlieb
  • Jewish Biblical Commentaries – Prof. Eric Lawee

    Click here for a list of courses offered in English.

Online Courses
  1. The Bible and the Ancient Near East
  2. Biblical Archaeology
Field Trips

Interested students can participate in field trips organized by our sister department, Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology. These are not mandatory, but participation in them will be recognized by the Bible Department as fulfilling academic requirements. These trips are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Land of the Bible by walking through its amazing landscape.

International School
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002
Tel: +972- 3-738-4245
Email for further information



    The School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University is one of the few academic institutions in the world to offer research and training in International Communications and Public Diplomacy. It aims to empower Israel’s future generation with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for Israel across the globe. As a part of the BA program, students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops on how to effectively convey messages and build a positive public image for anyone from brands, to themselves. The workshops, offered in areas relating to New Media, Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcast Media, are instructed by individuals considered professionals in their fields.

    Why Study Communication

    Communication is all around us. We use it every day without even noticing; we maintain personal communications with our family and friends, we consume mass media, and we create and participate in social networks.

    Communication studies are intended for those who want to influence and leave their mark on the world, who wish to take part in making tomorrow’s news — today. In order to accomplish that, one has to understand the media: Why is the same topic presently differently from one media outlet to another? What makes Google or Facebook so popular? Which medium is more influential – cinema, TV, radio, internet, or maybe the mobile phone? If you are interested in these questions – your place is with us.

    Unparalleled Expertise

    Bar-Ilan University has over 30 years of experience in teaching communication, and prides itself with hundreds of B.A. and M.A. graduates. The faculty members of the School of Communication and related units are internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, with extensive experience in all fields of communication: print press, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, spokesman ship and new media.

    Ample Career Opportunities

    Our graduates are sought after and well established in all fields of communications, both locally and globally. Many work in advertising or public relations offices, some in radio or TV stations, others in various websites, and a significant number in the press. Many of our graduates are media consultants in government or private offices, while others have chosen to pursue an academic research and teaching career.

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    Program Overview

    Program Type: Major (25 Credits)
    Program Length:
     3 Years
    Language of Instruction: English
    Admission Requirements:

    • SAT: 1100
      Psychometric: 550
    • 3.5 High School GPA

    Application Deadline: Rolling admissions