Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon

Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon retired in 2001 from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, where he was a Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought. He is a member of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the faculties of Theology and of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford. He has written several books, including Judaism: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press.

Norman Solomon, previously Director of the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Jewish/Christian Relations at Selly Oak, Birmingham, said in his inaugural lecture there:

Dialogue admits of degrees: there is dialogue which is of value though it does not reach deep. Much of the dialogue between Jews and Christians is a matter of simply learning to be nice to each other, trying a little to understand what the other is doing, co-operating in social endeavour…Many ordinary Jews or Christians lack the skills necessary to engage in a deeper, theological debate and are rightly wary of setting their faith at risk in a confusing enterprise. Yet the heart of dialogue is in talk together of theologians of both faiths, for it is they whose concern is with the meaning of life at its deepest level and it is they who translate from the doctrinal formula to the underlying reality.