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Faculty of Divinity



PhD, University of Chicago, 2012.


Early modern and modern European intellectual history and the history of scholarship, editorial and material history of the Hebrew Bible, history of the university, history of libraries, history of the book, religious conversion, and learned encounters between Jews, Christians and Muslims.


Key publications: 
  • Theodor Dunkelgrün, "The Kennicott Collection", in Rebecca Abrams and César Merchán-Hamann  (eds.), Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries (Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2020), pp. 115-157
  • "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 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.

Teaching and Supervisions


Since 2014, I have lectured and/or supervised for Part I Paper A7 (World Religions in Comparative Perspective), Part II, Paper B14 (“Life, thought and worship of modern Judaism”) and Part II, Paper C8 (“Judaism II”). I have also served as supervisor for theses at BA and MPhil level.

In the History Faculty, I lecture for Part I, Paper 16 (European History, 1450-1760) and supervise for Part II, Paper 14 (Material culture in the early modern world). In 2016, together with Liesbeth Corens, Tom Hamilton and Simone Maghenzani, I  designed and taught a short four-part supplementary lecture series on Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe, focused on Huguenots, Italian dissenters, Catholics in Holland and England, and Sephardi Jews. I also supervise for the Jesus College/Harvard Social Studies Study Abroad Programme for undergraduates from Harvard University. As a Research Associate of St John's College (2013-18), I taught "Renaissance and Reformation Historiography" and as Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at Trinity College (2019-), I teach the History of the Book for Historical Argument and Practice

Senior Research Associate and Academic Coordinator, CRASSH
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Trinity College
Dr   Theodor  Dunkelgrün
Not available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
Early Modern History