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Dr Edward Kessler MBE

Founder Director, The Woolf Institute

Dr Edward Kessler MBE is a leading thinker in interfaith relations, primarily contemporary Judaism, Jewish-Christian and more recently Jewish-Muslim Relations. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Woolf Institute. Kessler was awarded the Sternberg Interfaith Award in recognition of outstanding services in furthering relations between faiths (2006) and in 2007 The Times Higher Education Supplement described him as "probably the most prolific interfaith figure in British academia". In 2011 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for "services to interfaith relations'. Kessler is a prolific author, having written or edited 9 books and dozens of articles. His publications include Bound by the Bible: Jews, Christians and the Sacrifice of Isaac, (Cambridge University Press, 2004) which was called a 'landmark in Jewish-Christian Relations' by the Chief Rabbi and A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2005) which the Archbishop of Canterbury has called "an invaluable guide to Jewish-Christian Relations". In 2006 What do Jews Believe? was published by Granta Publications and has been translated into 6 languages. In 2010, Cambridge University Press published An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations. Kessler, who also writes for the printed media and broadcasts regularly on BBC radio, is presently preparing a publication entitled Jesus: the man who changed the world, which is due to be published in late 2015. He enjoys Mediterranean cycling. Edward is married to Trisha and they have 3 children.