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David Price

Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

BA, University of Cincinnati

PhD, Yale University
Phone: 615-875-8445
Garland 220H

Office Hours: MW 8:00-9:00am


David H. Price, Professor of Jewish Studies, specializes in the history of the Renaissance and Reformation. He has written or edited some ten books on a variety of topics, including early modern theater, Neo-Latin poetry, Renaissance visual art, the English Bible, and the history of Christian-Jewish relations. He is currently working on a new book, “Defending Judaism / Redefining Christianity, 1500-1789.”

He served as a professor at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2016. His teaching focuses on European history, 1400-1650; Renaissance; Reformation; Christian-Jewish relations; history of the arts (visual and literary); history of Christianity; and the history of the Bible (Jewish and Christian).

Representative Publications

In the Beginning Was the Image: Art and the Reformation Bible. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2021

— “‘The Sincerity of their Historians’: Jacques Basnage and the Reception of Jewish History,” Jewish Quarterly Review 110 (2020): 290-312

— “Hans Holbein the Younger and Reformation Bible Production,” Church History 86 (2017):998-1040

— “Lucas Cranach e la Riforma,” in I volti della Riforma, ed. Francesca de Luca (Florence: Giunti Editore, 2017), 12-27

— “Johannes Pfefferkorn and Imperial Politics,” in Revealing the Secrets of the Jews: Johannes Pfefferkorn and Christian Writings about Jewish Life and Literature in Early Modern Europe (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017), 27-41

–“The Philosophical Jew and the Identity Crisis of Christianity in Lessing’s Nathan the Wise,” Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 58 (2016):201-223

–“The Bible and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe,” New Cambridge History of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2016), 3:718-61.

The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (University of Illinois Press, 2015).

Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books(Oxford University Press, 2012).

Albrecht Dürer’s Renaissance: Humanism, Reformation and the Art of Faith (University of Michigan Press, 2003).

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