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PhD in Religions of Antiquity

November 7, 2016

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at the University of Minnesota is now accepting applications for doctoral students in Religions of Antiquity.

The PhD in Religions of Antiquity focuses on comparative, historical, and literary study of the religious texts and practices of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Students work across a range of cultures, time periods, and places, as shown in course work and exams. Students will build (1) theoretical sophistication in the study of ancient religion; (2) language competencies that will enable graduates to work with a wide range of primary sources; (3) deep understanding of the full range of cultural and historical dynamics inherent in ancient religions; and (4) interpretive skills that draw on a wealth of available literary, epigraphic, papyrological, visual, and material primary sources. There are two possible areas of study:

Area A. Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible

Religions, literatures, and cultures of Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Israel from the 2nd millennium BCE to the arrival of Roman rule in the first century BCE.

Primary language: Hebrew.

Secondary languages: Aramaic, Akkadian, Ugaritic, or Greek.

Core Faculty: Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll, Bernard M. Levinson, Hanne Loeland Levinson, Eva von Dassow. (Students also have access to all graduate faculty affiliated with CNES, which includes faculty from the departments of History, Anthropology, Art History, and Writing Studies.)

 

Area B. Greek and Roman Religions, Formative Judaism, Early Christianity

Religions, literatures, and cultures of Greece, Rome, and the Mediterranean world, with potential focal points in Egypt, Asia Minor, or Syria-Palestine. This Area centers on the period from Alexander the Great to Marcus Aurelius (ca. 330 BCE to 180 CE) and encompasses Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, including New Testament literature.

Primary language: Greek or Latin.

Secondary languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, or Coptic.

Core Faculty: Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll, Spencer Cole, Bernard M. Levinson, Melissa Harl Sellew, Andrea Sterk (History). (Students also have access to all graduate faculty affiliated with CNES, which includes faculty from the departments of History, Anthropology, Art History, and Writing Studies.)

 

All students admitted receive full funding, which includes tuition, ongoing teaching and research assistantships, eligibility for summer and dissertation fellowships, and healthcare benefits.

For general questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Christopher Nappa (cnappa@umn.edu). For questions about Area A, please contact Bernard M. Levinson (levinson@umn.edu). For questions about Area B, please contact Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll (sahearne@umn.edu).