Jesus was born, lived and died a Jew. His followers were Jews and he is called rabbi 15 times in the New Testament. In Islam, Jesus is described as a prophet and appears in 93 verses of the Qur’an, with many descriptions similar to New Testament accounts. Yet, Muslims and Jews agree that Jesus is neither divine nor is there an atoning death. Ed Kessler will explore Jewish and Muslim perspectives of Jesus and discuss their implications for Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations today.
Dr Edward Kessler, MBE is a leading thinker in interfaith relations, primarily, Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. He is Founder President of the Woolf Institute and Fellow of St Edmund’s Colllege, Cambridge and has written or edited 12 books, including An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, 2010), Jews, Christians and Muslims in Encounter (SCM, 2013) and Jesus (The History Press, 2016). At present, he is editing a Documentary History of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, 2023). Kessler regularly appears in the media commenting on religion and belief issues of the day. For full bio see: https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/people/dr-edward-kessler-mbe