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Jonathan Magonet

Nationality  British
Name  Jonathan Magonet
Occupation  Rabbi, theologian
Role  Theologian
Language  English
Education  Heidelberg University

Jonathan Magonet wwwjonathanmagonetcoukcommunities500401143
Born  August 2, 1942 (age 73) (1942-08-02) London, UK
Main interests  Interfaith dialogues between Christianity, Judaism and Islamism
Books  A rabbi reads the Psalms, Talking to the Other, How to Get Up When Life Gets, The Explorer's Guide to, From Autumn to Summer

Tradition or movement  Progressive Judaism

Rabbi Professor Jonathan David Magonet (born 2 August 1942) is a British Jewish theologian, Vice-President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and a biblical scholar. He is highly active in Christian-Jewish dialogue, and in dialogue between Jews and Muslims. He was the long-time Principal (Rector or academic director), now retired, of London's Leo Baeck College, the first Liberal Jewish seminary of all of Europe since World War II. He resides in London with his wife Dorothea.


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Professor Magonet served on the rabbinic staff at West London Synagogue of British Jews. He has been part of the team constructing the new edition of the British Reform Prayer Book.


He is a trustee of the Maimonides Foundation, a charitable organisation promoting dialogue between Jews and Muslims.

His 1992 book, Bible Lives, presented a series of pen portraits of figures from the Hebrew Bible, both major and (particularly) minor. Originally written for the Jewish Chronicle, they aimed to show that the Bible could still be a 'living' source of deep insight into human character. Magonet has described in the book's introduction the challenge of bringing to 'centre stage' characters like Shiphrah, Puah, Palti ben Laish and Ritzpah with only minimal information about them available from the text, and expressed the hope that readers would themselves go back to the texts to check out or challenge his interpretations.


  • A Rabbi Reads the Bible (1991, 2004) ISBN 0-334-02952-X
  • Bible Lives (1992). London: SCM (ISBN 0-334-00102-1)
  • Articles

  • "Jonah, Book Of" Anchor Bible Dictionary, 3:936-942
  • References

    Jonathan Magonet Wikipedia

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