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Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies

The only Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish study of its kind in Australia
Specialising in the Bible, Jewish and Christian exegesis, Jewish history and thought, Holocaust studies and the modern Middle East.

From the complexities of the Old and the New Testament to the challenges of the breadth of Jewish History, our academic expertise explores the foundational texts and histories of Western civilisation. 

Founded in 1945, the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies (formerly the Department of Semitic Studies) teaches programs in Classical Hebrew and Arabic along with other ancient Semitic languages such as Aramaic and Ugaritic.

Our graduates have established careers in Australia and abroad in fields as varied as education, government, international relations, media, museums, science and the law.

Our programs are generously supported by our benefactors including the Stefan and Felicia Einhorn Bequest, the Henroth Foundation, and numerous sponsors of prizes and scholarships.

Study areas

Course options

Our research

Our department has a strong research focus across these areas: 

  • Australian Jewish history
  • Holocaust studies
  • Jewish culture and education in the Diaspora
  • Language and text of the Hebrew Bible
  • Northwest Semitic languages
  • Daniel and Jewish apocalyptic writings
  • Narrative and law in Torah
  • Modern Hebrew language and literature


Our advanced exchange program provides life-changing experiences in Israel with our partner university, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand. 

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Visit the What's On calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars.

When: Thursday, 18 October, 4pm 

Where: Mandelbaum House, 385 Abercrombie St, Darlington

The Alan Crown Lecture: What Does it Mean to Fear God? A View from the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. 

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Department Chair

Associate Professor Ian Young

School of Languages and Cultures

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