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Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün


PhD, University of Chicago, 2012.

Research Interests

Early modern and modern European intellectual history and the history of scholarship, learned encounters between Jews, Christians and Muslims, history of the book.


In 2014-15. 2015-16 and 2016-17, I lectured in Part I, Paper 16 (European History, 1450-1760).

Together with Liesbeth Corens, Tom Hamilton and Simone Maghenzani I also designed and taught a short four-part supplementary lecture series on Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe for Paper 16, which focused on Huguenots, Italian dissenters, Catholics in Holland and England, and Sephardi Jews.

At St John's College, I teach "Renaissance and Reformation Historiography" in the Historical Argument and Practice paper.

I also lecture and supervise for the Faculty of Divinity, Part I Paper A7 (World Religions in Comparative Perspective), Part II, Papers B14 (“Life, thought and worship of modern Judaism”) and C8 (“Judaism II”), and have acted as main supervisor for 1 BA-thesis and 1 MPhil thesis.

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies
  • Member of the Centre for Material Texts


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

  • "When Solomon met Solomon: A Medieval Hebrew Bible in Victorian Cambridge", Journal of the Bible and its Reception 3:2 (2016), pp. 205-253.
  • History of Photography 40:3 (2016). Special issue: "Photography, Antiquity, Scholarship". Guest editors: Mirjam Brusius and Theodor Dunkelgrün
  • "The Testimonium Flavianum Canonicum: Josephus as a Witness to the Biblical Canon, 1566–1823", in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition 23:3 (2016), Special Issue: "The Reception of Josephus in the Early Modern Period", edited by Martin Goodman and Joanna Weinberg, 252-268. 
  • "The Humanist Discovery of Hebrew Epistolography" in Scott Mandelbrote and Joanna Weinberg (eds.), Jewish Books and their Readers: Aspects of the Intellectual Life of Christians and Jews in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 211-259.
  •  “Dating the Even Bohan of Qalonymos ben Qalonymos of Arles. A Microhistory of Scholarship” in European Journal of Jewish Studies 7:1 (2013), 39-72.
  • “Like a Blind Man Judging Colors: Joseph Athias and Johannes Leusden Defend Their 1667 Hebrew Bible” in Shlomo Berger, Emile Schrijver and Irene Zwiep (eds.), Mapping Jewish Amsterdam: The Early Modern Perspective. Dedicated to Yosef Kaplan on the Occasion of his Retirement (= Studia Rosenthaliana 44) (Leuven and Paris: Peeters, 2012), 79-115.
  • “The Hebrew Library of a Renaissance Humanist. Andreas Masius and the bibliography to his Iosuae Imperatoris Historia (1574) with a Latin edition and an annotated English translation”, Studia Rosenthaliana 42-43 (2010-11), 197-252.
  • “‘Neerlands Israel’: Political Theology, Christian Hebraism, Biblical Antiquarianism and Historical Myth” in Laura Cruz and Willem Frijhoff (eds.), Myth in History, History in Myth. Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Society for Netherlandic History (New York: June 5-6, 2006) (Leiden: Brill 2009), 201-236.
  • “From Tunis to Leiden across Renaissance Europe. The curious career of a maghribi Qur’ān” in Omslag. Bulletin van de Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden en het Scaliger Instituut (2009), Nr. 3, 7-8.
  • “De Hebreeuwse Handschriften van het Museum Plantin-Moretus” in De Gulden Passer 86 (2008), 7-28.


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