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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, history of the university, history of libraries, history of the book, religious conversion, and learned encounters between Jews, Christians and Muslims.


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 for Paper 16 on Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe, focused on Huguenots, Italian dissenters, Catholics in Holland and England, and Sephardi Jews.

In 2019, I am  teaching a four-part undergraduate module on the history of the Dutch Republic and the Early Modern Low Countries, and 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" in the Historical Argument and Practice paper.

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Cambridge Forum for Jewish Studies
  • Member of the Centre for Material Texts
  • Convenor of the Comparative Seminar in Social and Cultural History (in 2015-16), together with Mary Laven, Liesbeth Corens and Peter Burke.
  • Co-founder (in 2017) of the ongoing Seminar in Early Modern Scholarship and Religion, with Tim Twining and Kirsten Macfarlane.



  • 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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