Study content The specialized Master’s Degree programme "Ancient Judaism" serves the scientific study of the history, literature and religion of Judaism from the Persian to the early medieval period. It thus covers the time of the Second Temple up to and including the rabbinic era (6th century BCE-10th century CE). The degree programme is aimed at students with a Bachelor's degree from a field related to the Master's degree, such as classical studies, Jewish studies, religious studies or theology (including inter-religious studies at the University of Bern). Based on the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme and possibly already in a previous Master's degree programme, the degree programme also aims at a comprehensive training in the field of ancient Judaism as well as a deepening of previously acquired knowledge. In close cooperation with the lecturers, the students develop a comprehensive picture of the expression of ancient Judaism in terms of its historical, cultural and social characteristics. At the same time, ancient Judaism should always be understood as a part of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures as a whole and be classified in the corresponding contexts. The degree course provides differentiated knowledge of the methodology of scientific interpretation of the corresponding (literary and material) sources. In contrast to Old Testament scholarship, the degree programme does not focus on the study of the Hebrew Bible, but naturally includes it as the basic text of ancient Judaism. The programme includes the study of subject-relevant offers from the courses according to the course catalog of the University of Bern (Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy) and the University of Zurich (Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Philosophy) as well as other partner institutions. Included are 6 (mono) or 5 (main study) compulsory modules as well as a selection area that can be filled with elective modules. Major (90 ECTS credits) The main course is structured like the Mono Course. However, the Learning Contract for studying at another academic institution (30 ECTS credits) has been dropped.