When voices of Church of Norway participate in current public debates related to immigration politics, they encourage to show hospitality, defeat xenophobia and find motivation in biblical texts. In an analysis of Deuteronomy and the Book of Ruth, the article shows how the biblical texts convey a tension between offering the immigrant protection and protecting the nation against strangers. Moreover, both the host/guest metaphor as well as the tendency to regard the immigrant as «the other» turn out to be more complex than often assumed, implying a risk of depriving the newcomer both subjectivity and agency.

Key words: Hospitality, Xenophobia, Migration, Deuteronomy, Book of Ruth