About the New Christian Bible Study Project


The New Christian Bible Study Project is an online clearinghouse for people who are interested in the Bible, not just in its powerful literal sense, but also in its inner, spiritual sense.

The idea that the Bible has an inner meaning is an old idea. Jesus knew it, and referred to it. Jesus frequently showed that the Old Testament contained deeper meanings than were first apparent. For example, He told His disciples that the Old Testament contained many prophecies about His own life that they had not understood. “Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27)

“He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)

For many centuries before Jesus's time, Jewish theologians were studying the Old Testament, and developing “commentary” on it -- exploring its inner meaning. The “Oral Torah” dates back perhaps as far back as the time of Moses, though it wasn't written down in a form called the Mishnah until the second century of the Christian Era. In the Christian church, commentary dates back almost to the time of Christ, and has continued to the present day.

The theological underpinnings of this site are based on Emanuel Swedenborg's religious works from the 1700's. Although Swedenborg himself isn't well-known today, the influence of his theological works has been both wide and deep.

Among other things, Swedenborg published detailed expositions of the Book of Genesis, the Book of Exodus, and the Book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse. He also outlined the inner meanings of the Psalms, and the Prophets, and cited other scripture passages extensively.

Swedenborg wrote in Latin, but his books have been translated into many languages, and we hope to bring together many of them here for worldwide readers. So far, in our main database, we have most of the extant English translations, the original Latin versions, and some translations in Portuguese, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Czech, Chinese, and Korean.

In our on deck page, we have some of Swedenborg's works in 10 other languages, too, in .pdf format. We're going to import them into the main database as soon as we can, but they're online now, and ready for your use.

We have also gathered Bible translations in most of the major languages, so that Bible readers have a comfortable, easy-to-use place to read and study the Word of God, and to readily cross-link to explanatory content.

One of the key pieces of our project is that we're also adding plain-language explanations of Bible stories, verses, and words that are designed for modern readers. We're adding videos, too, and artwork that helps illustrate concepts.

This project is being carried forward by the New Christian Bible Study Corp., a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was set up for this purpose. We hope that this site will be useful to you in your spiritual journey.

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Project News:


New explanations from Australia Dec. 13, 2017:

We've been pleased to get a nice set of brief explanations of spiritual topics and doctrinal terms, from Rev. Julian Duckworth. You'll find more than 160 of them from our "spiritual topics" hub page. Here's a link to one example entry on "Wars".


More Bible Study Classes Dec. 5, 2017:

We added 87 more of the Spirit and Life Bible Study Classes by Jonathan Rose. This brings our total to 268. There are some really good titles here, e.g. "What to Think and Do During Temptations", and "What to Do about a Falling Star Problem".


Better Searching Dec. 4, 2017:

We've been deploying some more improvements to our search functionality. Excerpts in search results get you to the right neighborhood quickly. Highlighting in search results is better. Navigation between results is easier. The hit counter is more intuitive. You can show all results, if the first 500 aren't enough. Lots of nice new touches to make your searching faster and easier.


Bible Study Talks Nov. 10, 2017:

We just imported 180 of Jonathan Rose's Bible Study classes. These are interesting, in-depth talks with reference links to the Bible, making it easy for you to follow along as you watch the videos. We link from the Bible text to these talks, where relevant references are made. The whole series can also be found here. Many thanks to Jonathan and his team for the permission to use these!


More Search Updates Oct. 24, 2017:

We're making search easier (and more powerful, too but that's another blog post...). If you're reading the Word, in, say, the American Standard translation, and you want to search for a word or phrase in that same translation, there's now a quick search box just above the Next/Previous navigation. Same goes for Swedenborg's works, and for explanations.


Traffic is up! Oct. 23, 2017:

We just topped 140,000 visits for the last 30 days - a new record for us, and a 100% year on year growth rate.


Improved Site Speed Oct. 19, 2017:

Page load times have been cut from a tedious 1.5 seconds in August, to 0.6 seconds in October. We did a bunch of work to optimize data retrieval, and... it's working!


Search Function - Updates! Oct. 6, 2017:

We have been rolling out some search function updates, improving speed, and providing more search and navigation options. The quicksearch function from the main toolbar is back. You might need to clear your browsing history, or close and re-open your browser, if search results aren't showing at first.


No Other Gods Oct. 3, 2017:

Here's another new story explanation from the Swedenborg Foundation, this time about the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods...".


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Oc. 2, 2017:

We just posted a new story explanation, on the famed, and feared, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Here's a link to the story..


True Christian Religion, in Chinese September 15, 2017:

We just posted a Chinese translation of the second half of True Christian Religion. Here's a link to section 1.


Heaven and Hell in Italian Sept. 12, 2017:

We just imported an Italian translation of Heaven and Hell done in 2012 by Fondazione Swedenborg in Italy. Here's a link to section 1 of Cielo e inferno.


Czech User Interface Sept. 11, 2017:

For our Czech-speaking friends..., there's now a Czech user interface on the site! With a Czech UI, the Czech Bible, and 10 of Swedenborg's works translated into Czech, it's a good place to be. newchristianbiblestudy.org/cs


Conjugial Love in Italian Sept. 8, 2017:

Here's a just-added Italian translation of one of Swedenborg's works: L’Amore Coniugale.


Heaven and Hell in German and Swedish Sept. 7, 2017:

We've just posted two more translations of Heaven and Hell, one in German, and one in Swedish:
- Himmel und Hölle
- Om Himlen och Helvetet


"Writings for Everyone" Aug. 29, 2017:

We're just wrapping up a highly successful translation-importing summer work session. With help from 5 high school and college students, other volunteers, and our core team, we imported 51 more translations of books of the Writings, bringing the total to 233. We're now offering Swedenborg's works online, linked to the Word and to each other, in 17 languages, which are spoken by more than 3.7 billion people.


Summer Import Blitz Aug. 14, 2017:

Over the last three weeks we have imported over 30 new translations of Emanuel Swedenborg's works. We have covered many different works, in a variety of languages, including: Russian, German, Dutch, Czech, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, and Georgian. Read more about our progress here.


Good News of the Day July 19, 2017:

1. We just imported a Chinese translation of Conjugial Love. That brings the count of Chinese translations to 5! Only 13 more to go.

2. We've had over 1 million visits to the website in the past 12 months! If website traffic continues to grow at the same rate, we'll see 2 million visits in the next 12 months.


Traffic Jump June 30, 2017:

We just topped the 110,000 visits/month threshold. How 'bout that?


The Lord June 27, 2017:

We just imported a New Century Edition translation of one of Swedenborg's works, entitled "The Lord".


"Doctrine of the Lord" in Korean June 26, 2017:

We just imported a Korean translation of Doctrine of the Lord. Take a look!


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