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 website.
The OCHJS and the Faculty’s CHJS are housed in the Clarendon Institute on Walton Street, which also is the site of the Leopold Muller Memorial Library. The OCHJS and CHJS sponsor a broad range of seminars, lectures and workshops each year. Additionally, they host the Oxford Seminars in Advanced Jewish Studies and welcome Visiting Fellows and Scholars from all over the world. The OCHJS also offers classes on Modern and Biblical Hebrew open to the general public, as well as further language teaching through its online Oxford School of Rare Jewish Languages (OSRJL). The OSRJL programme holds classes on Judeo-Arabic (Classical, Baghdadi and Moroccan), Judeo-French, Judeo-Greek, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Neo-Aramaic, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Provençal, Judeo-Tat, Judeo-Turkish, Karaim, Ladino, Old Yiddish and Yiddish.
Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, teaching and research staff belong to various faculties, including Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Medieval and Modern Languages, History, Theology and Religion, and Classics.
Two leading international journals in the field are based in Oxford: the Journal of Jewish Studies and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.