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 2021 – Online-Event: Information and Application

Dear Friends of the Bible Week,

We are looking forward very much to this year’s International Jewish-Christian Bible Week, from July 25 to August 1!

The introduction of vaccinations and tests varies considerably in our various countries. In Germany, sadly, no one is hopeful that by the end of July we will be allowed to host more than 50 to 60 people in Haus Ohrbeck. So, rather than hold the Bible Week with only half the usual number of participants we would prefer to enable as many as possible to attend. Last year’s well-received experience has shown us that it is possible to retain much of the unique quality of the Bible Week digitally. Therefore we have created a fuller version of the programme for this year and are holding the Bible Week as an Online-Event by Zoom. All you need is a device with internet connection (speakers, microphone, camera). Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of technical questions.

At the centre of our study are chapters 1 to 27 of the Book of Job. You can download the programme and the timings of study groups and lectures, evening events, services and opportunities for meeting, as a pdf: Programme and timings. Of course, you will receive further more detailed information in good time before the actual Week. For attendance at this ’virtual Bible Week’ we are asking for a payment of 110 € (55 € for students up to 28 years).

If you would like to participate in this year‘s Bible Week, please fill in the on-line form under or send the completed application form

With our best wishes,

James Baaden, Annette Boeckler, Sr. Sponsalis Flacke, Erik Koren, Jonathan Magonet, Kerstin Menzel, Nadine Schäfer, Mark Solomon, Uta Zwingenberger

What’s more to learn about the Bible Week

Study Groups

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.

Keynote Lectures

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.

Additional Features

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
  • concert
  • 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:

  • Apodosis  
  • Fringe  
  • Keynote Lectures  
  • Speakers’ Corner  
  • Study Groups  
  • Teku
  • Texts in dialogue          
  • Religious Services at the Jewish-Christian Bible Week

    • Psalm Reading
    • Services on the Weekend

  • Other services


Rabbi Prof. Dr Jonathan Magonet  Leo Baeck College London
Dr Uta Zwingenberger  Bibelforum Haus Ohrbeck  

Rabbi James Baaden  London
Dr Annette Boeckler  Mainz
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 2022 and 2023

  • 2022
    24 to 31 July 2022 / 25 Tammuz to 3 Av 5782

  • 2023
    23 to 30 July 2023 / 5 to 12 Av 5783