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Bibliolog is a method of interactive interpretation of biblical texts in a group, in the course of which the group moves into the situation described and interprets a text together.


During the bibliology, a biblical text is read out and the moderating management deliberately interrupts it at certain points (“shift”). All participants of a bibliologist are then invited to identify themselves with a biblical figure and to verbalize their thoughts and feelings from the protection of the “role” in “I form”. As a result, the biblical text is interpreted from different perspectives, which always have something to do with the life questions and life situations of the participants. An intensive and holistic experience of the story is possible both through the participants' own contributions and through the passive listening of those who do not want to actively participate.

The basic idea of ​​the Bibliolog is that the participants speak from the perspective of different characters in the story. The management reinforces and deepens these utterances ("echoing"), continues the story and finally ends the process.

A bibliologue ideally takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is therefore easy to use in church services, school lessons and church work, in groups of different sizes, different ages and different religious affiliations.


Bibliolog is related to bibliodrama . Both approaches have the common characteristic that they slow down the biblical text and thereby enable different levels of perception and appropriation. In the Bibliolog, however, the leader always sets the text and assigns the roles. This can happen similarly with bibliodrama, but it does not have to be the case. In the Bibliodrama, the individual participant takes on a role during a work unit, in the Bibliolog the management assigns certain roles to the participants during the course and the individual participant can then decide for himself whether and how many roles to take on.

The method was developed in North America by the Jewish psychodramatist and literary scholar Peter Pitzele and his wife Susan. They place the bibliolog in the tradition of the Jewish biblical interpretation of the midrash : while on the one hand the biblical text (" black fire ") remains untouched, the biblical narratives on the other hand offer a lot of space between what is told ("white fire") and which is filled with one's own thoughts can.

Pitzele himself speaks of "Psychodrama of the Bible" or "Bibliodrama". The term "Bibliolog" is used in Germany to distinguish it from the various other forms of bibliodrama . The bibliolog is often referred to as the "little sister of bibliodrama" because it is easier to implement than other forms of bibliodrama. The distribution of the Bibliolog in Germany was mainly promoted by Uta Pohl-Patalong .

In order to be able to lead the bibliologist yourself, an approx. 30-hour basic training course in weekend or week-long courses provides the necessary content and methodological knowledge. The certificate also opens up the possibility of membership in the Bibliolog network with an internet platform. Participants can submit their own Bibliolog drafts and receive feedback from other participants.


  • Peter A. Pitzele: Scripture Windows. Toward a Practice of Bibliodrama ; Los Angeles: Alef Design Group, 1998; ISBN 1-88-128327-5
  • Peter Pitzele: Our Fathers' Wells. A Personal Encounter with the Myths of Genesis , 1995, ISBN 0-06-250617-X
  • Uta Pohl-Patalong: Bibliolog. Impulses for church services, congregations and schools. Volume 1: Basic forms ; 2nd edition, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 3-17-021872-7
  • Uta Pohl-Patalong: Bibliolog. Impulses for church services, congregations and schools. Volume 2: Structures ; Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 3-17-020921-3

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