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.
**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:
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 courses in Bible, prior to commencing study on the Master’s level.
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.