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Early Modern Scholarship and Religion

Lent Term 2018

Trinity College, Old Combination Room, Fridays, 12.30-2.00 pm

Kirsten Macfarlane (
Theodor Dunkelgrün (
Timothy Twining (


19 January

Roundtable discussion, 'Beyond Christian Hebraism: Recent contributions to the Christian Study of Judaism'

Readings for 19 January:
I. Scott Mandelbrote and Joanna Weinberg, eds.,
Jewish Books and their Readers (Leiden, 2016).
Suggested reading: Scott Mandelbrote and Joanna Weinberg, 'Introduction';
Grafton, '"Pandects of the Jews": A French, Swiss and Italian Prelude to John Selden'.
II. Theodor Dunkelgrün, 'The Christian Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe, in Jonathan Karp and Adam Sutcliffe (eds.), The Cambridge
History of Judaism: Vol. 7: The Early Modern World, 1500– 1815 (Cambridge, 2017).
III. Henk Nellen, Dirk van Miert, et als, eds., Scriptural Authority and Biblical Criticism in the Dutch Golden Age: God's Word Questioned (Oxford, 2017).
Chapters: Eds. Intro; Henk Nellen and Piet Steenbakkers, 'Biblical Philology in the Long Seventeenth Century'; Dirk van Miert, 'The Janus Face of Scaliger's Philological Heritage'; Anthony Grafton, 'Spinoza's Hermeneutics'; Scott Mandelbrote, 'Witches and Forgers'; Jezte Touber, 'Biblical Philology and
Hermeneutical Debate in the Dutch Republic'.


9 February

Prof. Joanna Weinberg, 'The archive of Constantijn L'Empereur (1591-1648): a Microcosm of Christian Jewish scholarship in seventeenth-century
Northern Europe'


16 March

Dr. Thomas Roebuck, 'Thomas Smith (1638-1710) and his Journey to the Levant: Travel and Oriental Scholarship in the Near East'