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Early Jewish Interpretation of Texts - Principles and Techniques

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 10 750 SEK
First payment: 10 750 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 15 December 2020.


Selected early Jewish and rabbinical texts are studied. We focus on
texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mishnah, Tosefta, Midrashim, and the
Babylonian as well as the Palestinian Talmud. Early principles for text
interpretation such as pesher, midrash, pardes, florilegia, are in focus
which involves analysis of texts in which these text interpretation
principles are used.

The course provides you with the knowledge and
tools needed to carry out a critical study of these texts and guides you
in the explanation and analysis of selected pericopes.

The course also
touches on the importance of knowledge of these principles of
interpretation for the understanding of exegesis of the Hebrew Bible and
the New Testament as well as for Jewish-Christian relations.

Prerequisites and selection


Degree of Bachelor or completed courses of at least 180 credits at first cycle level, of which at least 90 credits with progression in some main field of study where it is included a bachelor's thesis of at least 15 credits. Qualified are also those that have equivalent foreign education or that have equivalent prior knowledge according to earlier study regulation. Applicants must prove knowledge of English: English 5/English A or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.