The 40-year long tradition of the International Jewish-Christian Bible Week –
begun in the Hedwig-Dransfeld-Haus in Bendorf and since 2004 continued at
Haus Ohrbeck – is a valid and real reason to express congratulations and
thanksgiving. Thanks are due above all to the people who initiated the
tradition, and representing them I want to name Anneliese Debray
(1911–1985), who will always be remembered, and Rabbi Jonathan Magonet.
They helped a vision to come to life and they showed a perseverance that has
persisted until today. It is the vision that says: yes, there is a Bible that Jews
and Christians have in common, Israel’s Bible. At the same time, this vision
does not forget that along with closeness, the relationship of Judaism and
Christianity to this shared Bible also includes considerable difference. For
some, this difference is so great that they question whether Jews and
Christians do have Israel’s Bible in common.