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David Price

Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

BA, University of Cincinnati

PhD, Yale University
Garland 220H



David H. Price is a professor in the departments of Jewish studies, religious studies, art history, and history at Vanderbilt University. He earned his BA in Classics from the University of Cincinnati and PhD in German Studies from Yale University. Price has held previous professorships at Yale University, University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored and edited numerous books, including In the Beginning Was the Image: Art and the Reformation Bible (Oxford University Press, 2021); The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (Illinois of Illinois Press, 2015); Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Albrecht Dürer’s Renaissance: Humanism, Reformation, and the Art of Faith (University of Michigan Press, 2003). His work has been supported by the American Academy in Berlin, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel; Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt; Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois; and Beinecke Library at Yale University, among others.

He is currently completing a new book on “Listening to Jewish Voices: Jewish Writers and Religious Toleration in Early Modern Europe.”

Research and teaching specialties include early modern art, history of prints, Christian-Jewish relations, history of the Bible, history of antisemitism.

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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