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This page is not about Clement H. Dodd of SOASmarker, author on Turkey and the Middle East; nor is it about Hugh Tootell who wrote an eighteenth-century church history as Charles Dodd

Charles Harold Dodd (7 April 188421 September 1973) was a Welshmarker New Testament scholar and influential Protestant theologian.He is known for promoting "realized eschatology", the belief that Jesus' references to the kingdom of God meant a present reality rather than a future apocalypse.


Dodd was born in Wrexhammarker, Denbighshire, the brother of the historian A. H. Dodd. He studied classics at University College, Oxfordmarker from 1902. After graduating in 1906 he spent a year in Berlinmarker, where he was influenced by Adolf Harnack.

He was a Congregationalist minister for three years in Warwickmarker, after being ordained in 1912, before going into academia. From 1915 he was Yates Lecturer in New Testament at Oxfordmarker. He became Rylands Professor at the University of Manchestermarker in 1930. He was Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridgemarker from 1935, becoming emeritus in 1949.

He directed the work of the New English Bible translators, from 1950.

Dodd's daughter Rachel married the Old Testament scholar Rev. E. W. Heaton in 1951.


The following limerick is often quoted as referring to C. H. Dodd:

I think it extremely oddThat a little professor called Dodd
 Should spell, if you please,
 His name with three D's
When one is sufficient for God.



  • Frederick William Dillistone, C. H. Dodd, Interpreter of the New Testament (1977)

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