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.

Information on Bible Week 2021

Dear Friends of the Bible Week,

As each year at this time we warmly invite you to attend the International Jewish-Christian Bible Week. It takes place from July twenty-fifth till August first 2021 – of this, at least, we can be sure. However we would like to leave open for the time being the question as to whether it can take place in Haus Ohrbeck itself or has to be in a digital form.

Have a look at plans for a Bible Week in Haus Ohrbeck: Bible Week 2021.

If no ‘normal’ Bible Week is possible, we are encouraged by the success of last year’s experience to develop a broader alternative digital programme. We do not want to meet for eight or ten hours daily in front of a computer screen. Instead we would like to offer mornings and late afternoons for study groups and lectures on Chapters 1-27 of the Book of Job, as well as, of course, religious services and opportunities for encounter. Please keep free the dates July 25 – August 1.

We are not yet sending out application forms – so there is nothing for you to do at the moment. We want to make the decision as to which form the Bible Week can take place at the end of March. Shortly after that you will receive further information and an application form.

We look forward to seeing one another again – whether in reality or virtually.

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

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
phone: +49 / 5401 / 336-35
fax: +49 / 5401 / 336-66
E-Mail: k.beimdiek[@]

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