International Jewish-Christian Bible Week
For more than fifty years Jews and Christians from Germany, England and the Netherlands, from the USA, Israel and other countries, scholars and interested lay people, have come together at the Jewish-Christian Bible Week to study biblical texts against a background of the two traditions. Until 2003 it took place at the Hedwig Dransfeld Haus, Bendorf on Rhine, and since then in Haus Ohrbeck near Osnabrück.
Bible Week 2020: Virtual encounter on 23 and 24 July
Dear friends of the Bible Week
The Bible week continues! But, sadly this year, without a personal meeting in Haus Ohrbeck. The limited travel possibilities for international participants and the physical distancing rules at Haus Ohrbeck make such a large conference impossible. Reluctantly we have had to make the decision to cancel the 52nd International Jewish-Christian Bible Week from 19 till 26 July 2020.
Bible Week 2021 will take place from 25 July till 1 August and will have a similar programme to that which has been planned for this year. The study texts will be chapters 1-27 of the Book of Job.
For those of you who would like to have a Bible Week encounter this summer, we would like to offer a brief digital alternative on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 July 2020, including some elements of encounter, study and prayer. If you would like to register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 June. The event will be free of charge. All you need is a device with internet connection (speakers, microphone, camera). You will receive more information on the programme as soon as the preparations are further developed.
We look forward to meeting one another again – real or virtual. Stay safe and healthy!
James Baaden, Annette Boeckler, Sr Sponsalis Flacke, Erik Koren, Jonathan Magonet, Kerstin Menzel, Nadine Schäfer, Mark Solomon, Uta Zwingenberger
Bible Week 2021
The next Jewish-Christian Bible Week will take place from 25th July to 1st August 2021 / 16th to 23rd Av 5781. Registration is open from February 2021.
If you are considering attending the Bible Week for the first time, please let us know your address in order to receive your application form:
Am Boberg 10
phone: +49 / 5401 / 336-35
fax: +49 / 5401 / 336-66
What’s more to learn about the Bible Week
The study groups in the morning address the issues raised by the texts, so that we can learn together. Jewish and Christian resource persons help with the text study, discussion and exchange of experience. All groups engage with the Hebrew text, but each has a different emphasis:
- Ia In-depth study of the Hebrew text
The groups work in a very concentrated way with the Hebrew text. They are for people who possess a good level of Hebrew.
- Ib In-depth study of the Hebrew text – canonical approach
The groups work in a very concentrated way with the Hebrew text and explore its meaning with special reference to the composition and dramatic development of the book. These groups are for people who possess a good level of Hebrew.
- II Jewish-Christian Bible study
The groups study the biblical text from the perspectives of Jewish and Christian traditions. Various translations are used alongside the Hebrew text.
- III The biblical text and the contemporary world
The groups study the biblical text with special reference to today’s world. Various translations are used alongside the Hebrew text.
Two lectures offer respectively a Jewish or Christian perspective, while the third may provide insight from literature, art, psychology etc. They will be given in English or German, with a written translation in the other language made available at the time.
The week of study includes a number of additional offerings arranged in smaller or larger groups:
- Speakers’ Corner: sessions offered by participants on topics broadly related to the Bible or Jewish-Christian dialogue
- Fringe: creative activities offered “on the fringe”
- Art stream: a chance for sustained art activity throughout the week
- afternoon excursion to interesting places in the area
- mutual invitation to attend all services
- personal encounters and free time
The glossary provides detailed information on issues and terms concerning the Bible Week:
- Keynote Lectures
- Speakers’ Corner
- Study Groups
- Texts in dialogue
- Religious Services at the Jewish-Christian Bible Week
- Psalm Reading
- Services on the Weekend
- Other services
Rabbi James Baaden London
Dr Annette Boeckler Zurich
Sister M. Sponsalis Flacke FSGM Papenburg
Erik Koren Zeist
Revd Dr Kerstin Menzel Berlin
Nadine Schäfer M.A. Bad Ems
Rabbi Mark Solomon London
The Bible Week is organised by Haus Ohrbeck and Leo Baeck College London
Support comes from...
The Bible Week is grateful for the continued support of:
Continuing Education Programme
The Bible Week is approved as “Bildungsurlaub” (continuing education programme).
Bible Week 2021 and 2022
25th July to 1st August 2021 / 16th to 23rd Av 5781
24th to 31st July 2022 / 25th Tammuz to 3rd Av 5782