Frequently Asked Questions

What are Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney?

Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies covers a number of major areas – the Classical Hebrew language of the Tanach/Old Testament of the Bible, Biblical studies, Modern Hebrew; and Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture.

Why choose Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies?

  • Do you want to connect with the spirit of Israel, one of the world’s most vibrant centres of technology, history and culture?
  • Do you want to challenge your thinking and cultural knowledge by gaining and insight into a new world?
  • Do you want to differentiate yourself from the crowd and boosting your employment prospects by speaking a second language?
  • Have you ever been stumped for an informed response to the Arab/Israeli conflict during dinner conversation?
  • Do you know what Islamic State and the war on terror have to do with modern Israel?
  • Would you like to understand the Bible in its original context?
  • Have you ever wondered what the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us about the Bible?
  • Do you want to learn Hebrew?

Who can study Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish studies?

Anyone can study Classical Hebrew or the Modern Hebrew language. We assume no previous knowledge in these languages, so we have Beginners streams in both Classical and Modern Hebrew, as well as Intermediate/Advanced streams if you have studied HSC Hebrew or equivalent. Students are assessed individually to make sure they are placed in the most appropriate class for their level of knowledge and proficiency.

You can major in Classical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture, or Biblical Studies; and even pursue Fourth year honours study, subject to approval, in Classical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Biblical and Judaic Studies.

What areas could I combine with Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies?

If you are interested in Ancient History, Archaeology or Studies of Religion, you will find units from Classical Hebrew, Biblical Studies and Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture to complement your studies. If you want to study History, Government and International Relations, or World Religions, consider including units from Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture. You can also incorporate studies in Modern Hebrew or Judaic Studies with an Education degree (primary or secondary).

Why study Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney?

The Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney enjoys excellent support and can offer not only a very broad range of units of study, but also an active program of visiting speakers and guest lectures. Classes are designed as ‘learner-centred’, providing students with opportunities to practise both spoken and written skills.