International Jewish-Christian Bible Week

For more than forty 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 2019

The next Jewish-Christian Bible Week will take place from 28th July to 4th August 2019 / 25th Tammuz to 3rd Av 5779. Registration is open from February 2019.

First participation
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:
Haus Ohrbeck
Am Boberg 10
49124 Georgsmarienhütte
Germany
phone: +49 / 5401 / 336-35
fax: +49 / 5401 / 336-66
E-Mail: k.beimdiek[@]haus-ohrbeck.de

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.
  • IV Bible text: interpretation and creative response through visual art
    The group studies the biblical text from Jewish and Christian perspectives. Various translations are used alongside the Hebrew text. Then individuals interpret and respond to the text in a variety of materials in the Art Workshop (all ability levels).

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”
  • mutual invitation to attend all services
  • personal encounters and free time

Glossary

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

Organisation

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

Rabbi James Baaden  London
Dr Annette Boeckler  Zurich Institute for Interreligious Dialogue (ZIID)
Sister M. Sponsalis Flacke FSGM  Papenburg
Revd Eva Hadem 
Magdeburg
Erik Koren
  Zeist
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

Continuing Education Programme

The Bible Week is approved as “Bildungsurlaub” (continuing education programme).

Bible Week 2019 to 2021

  • 2019
    28th July to 4th August 2019 / 25th Tammuz to 3rd Av 5779
  • 2020
    19th to 26th July 2020 / 27th Tammuz bis 5th Av 5780
  • 2021
    25th July to 1st August 2021 / 16th to 23rd Av 5781