Oxford is an important centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and has been since the sixteenth century. Students come from all over the world for both undergraduate and graduate studies, and there are unrivalled collections of Hebrew and Yiddish manuscripts and printed books in the Bodleian Library. Our courses in Jewish studies are designed to appeal to applicants from diverse backgrounds and with different interests, ranging from the Hebrew Bible to modern Israel, from developments within Judaism in the time of Jesus to the history of Jews under Islam or in modern Europe, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to modern Hebrew poetry. A degree in Jewish Studies involves a multi-disciplinary approach to the critical study of the history, languages, religion, literature and culture of the Jews from ancient to modern times. Students are encouraged to examine Jewish societies, texts, ideologies and institutions both on their own terms and in relation to surrounding societies and cultures. You can find detailed information about all our courses and degrees on this web site.
Star of David on the front doors of
Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul
The Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, housed in the Oriental Institute, and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Clarendon Building on Walton Street, are the university’s principal bodies devoted to these subjects. For the appointment of Professor Martin Goodman as Acting President of the Centre from August 2013 see here. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, teaching and research staff belong to various faculties, including Oriental Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, History, Theology, and Classics. For information about our staff, please see the Hebrew and Jewish Studies section of the staff list and for a full list of members of the Unit please click here. The Unit and the Centre sponsor a broad range of seminars and lectures each year, as well as hosting an active program of visiting scholars from all over the world. Two leading international journals in the field are based in Oxford: the Journal of Jewish Studies and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.
Click here for a list of university faculty with an interest in Jewish Studies and here for a list of students.