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a bible in a pocket-book edition

The one thing you don’t want to live without is..?
…a collection of various, even contradictory stories about human experiences from different periods of history: a bible in a pocket-book edition.

Since when do you have your “one thing” and where did you get it from?
I bought it in 1986 in a bookstore in Münster/Germany. I was about to fly to Israel in order to work in a kibbutz.

What does it mean to you?
This bible remembers me of my stay in the kibbutz which has influenced my life deeply. In the kibbutz I became acquainted with survivors of the Holocaust. Their stories challenged me to read the biblical narratives from another perspective.

How often do you use it?
From time to time I take this bible with me when I travel.

What is your name? Where do you live? What is your profession?
My name is Jürgen Manemann. I live in Hannover/ Germany and I’m the director of the Hannover Institute of Philosophical Research.