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Politics and Print in the Early Modern Period: Hebrew Books and the Christian Imagination

This round table session brought together experts on Jews and Christians in the Early Modern Period to examine how the Christian world engaged with Hebrew Books. Issues around the subjects of printers, censors and readers were addressed.

It took place on Tuesday, 18 October, 2016 at 6.15pm at Marsh’s Library and was chaired by Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History, Trinity College Dublin.


Andrea Schatz, Reader in Jewish Studies, King’s College London:  ‘Translating Jewish History: The Early Modern Yosippon among Jews and Christians’.

Joanna Weinberg, Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford: ‘The Early Modern Jewish Library and its Christian Borrowers’.

Graeme Murdock, Associate Professor in European History, Trinity College Dublin: ‘Magyar Judah’: Developing a Language of Early Modern Protestant Culture’.

Piet van Boxel: Formerly Hebraica and Judaica Curator, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford: ‘The Roman Index Expurgatorius in 16th Century Italy: A Counterproductive Tool against Heretics and Jews’.

This event was hosted by Marsh’s Library in conjunction with the project on Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures, Trinity Long Room HUB. It was also co-sponsored by the Herzog Centre (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies), Trinity College Dublin.

For more information about the project on Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures, see:

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