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: Psalms 119 to 134

“Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light for my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

At the centre of this year’s Bible Week are Psalm 119 and the Songs of Ascent, Psalms 120 to 134. 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 – longstanding participants and new ones alike.

Essentials at a glance

  • Beginning and End of the Conference
    Beginning: 28 July 2019 / 25 Tammuz 5779 with dinner at 18:00
    End: 4 August 2019 / 3 Av 5779 at 13:00 after lunch

  • Languages are German and English. Translation is available throughout the conference.

  • Families are welcome, and a children’s programme is available (minimum age 3 years).

  • All meals are vegetarian, although fish may be served. Please make special dietary requirements known to us on the application form.

  • Conference fee
    including accommodation, meals and programme

    • Regular: £ 530 / € 585
    • Students up to 28 years: £ 270 / € 295
    • Children: £ 130 / € 140
    • Supplement for single room with private bathroom: £ 80 / € 85

    without accommodation, including meals and programme

    • Regular: £ 370 / € 410
    • Students up to 28 years: £ 185 / € 205

    Members of the “Bendorfer Forum” are entitled to a 10% reduction.

  • Cancellation fee

    • after 12 July 2019: 40%
    • after 19 July 2019: 75%

    Nobody should be unable to participate for financial reasons. Please do not hesitate to contact us in such a case.
    We welcome donations to enable others to attend.

General information, applications, participation and waiting-list

General information on the Bible Week and the application form are available here for download:

Please print the application from out, complete it and send it back:

  • fax: 0049 / 5401 / 336-66
  • post:
    Haus Ohrbeck
    Am Boberg 10
    49124 Georgsmarienhuette

Interest in the Bible Week is so great that we most probably cannot offer places to all applicants. The Bible Week thrives on the diversity of its participants and therefore we strive to achieve a corresponding range of participants. We recommend that applications should be submitted by the end of April. Confirmations of acceptance and offers of places on the waiting-list are sent out at the beginning of June. If you need to make your travel arrangements earlier, please contact us.

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”
  • 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  Zurich Institute for Interreligious Dialogue (ZIID)
Sister M. Sponsalis Flacke FSGM  Papenburg
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 2020 to 2022

  • 2020
    19th to 26th July 2020 / 27th Tammuz bis 5th Av 5780
  • 2021
    25th July to 1st August 2021 / 16th to 23rd Av 5781
  • 2022
    24th to 31st July 2022 / 25th Tammuz to 3rd Av 5782