Kessler, Edward

Edward Kessler is Founding Director and Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge, England. He holds the degrees of PhD from Cambridge University in theology, MBA from Stirling University and MTS from Harvard Divinity School. His PhD research examined Jewish and Christian interpretations of the sacrifice of Isaac, a revised version of which, entitled Bound by the Bible, is currently in preparation. He has published An English Jew: The Life and Writings of Claude Montefiore (London: Vallentine Mitchell,1989), a new edition of which was published in 2002, and has co-edited Jews and Christians in Conversation: Crossing Cultures and Generations (Cambridge: Orchard Academic, 2002). A book on the founders of Liberal Judaism in England, The Founders of Liberal Judaism: Israel Abrahams, Claude Montefiore, Israel Mattuck and Lily Montagu, is due to be published in 2003 (Oxford & New York: Berghahn). He is also co-editing Challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations, which will be published in 2004 (New York: Paulist). Dr. Kessler writes and lectures on contemporary Jewish-Christian relations and has been invited to deliver a number of prestigious lectures included the first Hugo Gryn Memorial lecture (1998), the 30th Cardinal Bea Memorial Lecture (2000), and the Shapiro Lecture in Chicago (2003). He is Editor of a series of monographs entitled Themes in Jewish-Christian Relations as well as Specialist Editor of A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2004/5. He writes occasional articles for The Independent and The Irish Times as well as The Tablet, Church Times, and MANNA, a publication of the Sternberg Centre, London.