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 2023
The coming Bible Week will take place from 23 to 30 July 2023. All who are interested in the Bible and in Jewish-Christian dialogue are warmly invited to participate in this special encounter with texts and people – long-standing participants and new ones alike.
Registration will be open from February 2023.
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 Bodenheim
Sister M. Sponsalis Flacke FSGM Papenburg
Erik Koren Zeist
Revd Dr Kerstin Menzel Leipzig
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 2023 to 2025
23 to 30 July 2023 / 5 to 12 Av 5783
21 to 28 July 2024 / 15 to 22 Tammuz 5784
3 to 10 August 2025 / 9 to 16 Av 5785