Students pursuing our M.A. in Hebraic Roots of Christianity have the opportunity to delve deeply in the complex yet rich Hebraic world out of which Christianity arose. The field of study is much larger than the Jewishness of Jesus, embracing not only the dynamic world of Second Temple Judaism but also the shared heritage of rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. The degree program allows our students the flexibility to pursue their own specialized interests within the field.
Students enrolled in the M.A. in Hebraic Roots of Christianity have ample opportunities to draw upon the rich academic and cultural resources of Jerusalem throughout their period of study. We are hard pressed to find a more appropriate place to study the Christian movement as it developed out of Judaism than in Jerusalem, the city where the church was born.
In Jerusalem, students are immersed in active, living communities, both Jewish and Christian, that trace their descent directly to the days of the New Testament. In addition, the world comes to Jerusalem—conferences and seminars held throughout the city beckon students to interact with biblical scholars and experts in the broad and lively fields of Judaism and early Christianity.
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The M.A. degree in Hebraic Roots of Christianity includes 48 semester credit hours of course work as outlined below. The degree is designed to be completed within two calendar years, although students choosing to pursue the thesis track are granted an additional year. Students for whom English is not their native language are expected to finish the degree in three years if taking the non-thesis track, or four years if pursuing the thesis track. Up to 24 credits of approved graduate-level courses may be transferred in from another degree program if approved by the JUC Academic Committee.
JUC offers double M.A. programs for students who choose to study for an additional year and are accepted into a second M.A. program. Students may share up to half (24) the credits between the following three M.A. programs: Biblical History and Geography, Hebrew and Cognate Languages, and Hebraic Roots of Christianity.
M.A. students may choose to write a thesis as part of their degree program. Once a topic of interest is chosen, the student will work with two faculty members to develop a thesis proposal, then research and write the thesis. The process of writing a thesis not only allows the student to engage a topic in depth, but also to learn methods of research and writing that allow the student to pursue further academic work.
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