Politization of Bibles and Biblization of Politics in the Twenty-First Century


Biblical Interpretation today is characterized by a variety of different concerns and approaches. The focus of this program unit is on the use and misuse of biblical texts in past and present politics, in the broadest sense; and conversely, on the use and misuse of politics in biblical interpretation and transmission. The scope may include analysis of the biblical and related texts and contexts, questions of method and theory, and especially attention to interpretations- interpreters and their contexts. Papers are welcome from such perspectives as psychology and psychoanalysis, philosophy, postcolonial studies, gender studies, social studies, economic studies, racial-ethnic studies, and queer studies.

Contemporary Biblical Interpretation, Political Interests and Impacts, Interpretive Communities, Bibles and Politics


Jeremy Punt
Stellenbosch University

Steffi Fabricius
University of Siegen

Member Area

Wuppertal 2021 Call for Papers

“Bibles, Politics and Populists”: In recent years we have focused on various ways and means used by communities for adapting “their” bibles for political ends, in the widest signification of “political”, the past as well as the present. Continuing our project of investigating how bibles are conceived today, and how they are defined and enlisted for shaping societies and for remembering the future, be those societies religious or secular, this year’s session will focus on the interplay between politics and bibles in populism, both populist politicians but increasingly also the politics of populism. For this group, the emphasis is the dynamics involved and invoked when readers and communities of readers appropriate biblical texts for contemporary and for 2021 in particular, populist interests. Papers that explicitly explore the intersection of bibles, politics and populism, and the hermeneutics at work, from a variety of methodological approaches, are invited.