Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon: Rabbi, Interfaith Consultant, Scholar, Author
United Kingdom

Location of Activities

Vice-President, World Congress of Faiths

Senior Associate, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

Norman Solomon was born in Cardiff, and was educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He has served as rabbi to Orthodox congregations in Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham. Currently, he is a member of Wolfson College of Oxford University and of the Oxford University Teaching and Research Unit in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Throughout his career, Solomon has held many positions including Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Hebrew Centre lecturer in the Faculty of Theology, Oxford University. Moreover, he was previously the director of the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Christian Relations at the Selly Oak College, Birmingham, the president of the British Association for Jewish Studies, the vice-president of the World Congress of Faiths, and a Trustee of the International Interfaith Centre.

An accomplished editor and author, he edited the Christian-Jewish Relations quarterly from 1985 to 1991, and has published several books, including “Judaism and World Religion” (1991), “The Analytic Movement: Hayyim Soloveitchik and his School” (1993), “A Very Short Introduction to Judaism” (Oxford University Press, 1996), “Historical Dictionary of Judaism” (3rd edition Rowman & Littlefield 2015), “The Talmud: A Selection” (Penguin Classics 2009) and “Torah from Heaven: The Reconstgruction of Faith” (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012) .   A selection of other titles of his many publications on interfaith relations are listed in the publications section below.

Main Publications: 
  1. ‘Pluralism from a Jewish Perspective,’ in Abraham’s Children: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Conversation, eds. Norman Solomon, Richard Harries, Tim Winter.  Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2006, 180-189.
  2. ‘The Environment from a Jewish Perspective,’ in Abraham’s Children: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Conversation, eds. Norman Solomon, Richard Harries, Tim Winter.  Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2006, 248-256.
  3.  ‘The Ethics of War: Judaism’, in The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions, ed. Richard Sorabji and David Rodin. Aldershot U.K.: Ashgate, 2006, 108-137.
  4. ‘Religion and Human Rights with Special Reference to Judaism’, in Does God Believe in Human Rights, ed. Nazila Ghanea, Alan Stephens & Raphael Walden. Leiden: Brill, 2007, pp. 89-105.
  5.  "Interreligious Dialogue from a Jewish Perspective." In How to Conquer the Barriers to Intercultural Dialogue, edited by. Christiane Timmerman and Barbara Segaert, 85-104. Brussels: Presses Interuniversitaires Européennes, 2005.
  6.  ‘Jewish Pilgrimage and Peace’, in Pilgrims and Pilgrimages as Peacemakers in Christianity, Judaism and Islam’ ed. Antón M. Pazos. Farnham UK: Ashgate, 2013. pp. 39-62.
  7. ‘The Dialogue Experience: Reflections on a Decade of Engagement’, in From Encounter to Commitment: Interreligious Experience and Theological Engagement (IKZ-Bios Vol. 2 (2015)), ed.  A Berlis and Douglas Pratt, Stämpfi AG, Bern, 59-77.
  8. ‘Public law and traditional faith’, in The Confluence of Law and Religion: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Work of Norman Doe, ed. Frank Cranmer, Mark Hill, Celia Kenny and Russell Sandberg. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 161-174.
Areas of Actions: 
Interreligious DialoguePeaceful CoexistencePluralismShared Human ValuesMinority RightsReligiousReligious, Confessional and Spiritual Activities
Forms of Actions: 
Educational ProgrammesResearch