Word/Phrase Explanation UI October 30, 2020:
At the request of multiple users, we've modified the interface for viewing word/phrase explanations from the text of the Bible. To speed things up for the reader, we've enabled the explanation intros to immediately popup when you hover over the highlighted word with your cursor. This allows the reader to get a quick look at the meaning behind the text without much interruption. To read the full text of longer explanations, simply click the highlighted word in the Bible text.
Even More Psalms Commentary October 30, 2020:
Here are 4 more new commentaries for Psalms 34-37, from Rev. Julian Duckworth. These are really a help; there are so many psalms that they can seem like a blur, but Julian's research and thoughtful approach makes them, well, approachable! Here's a link!
Genesis 30: the Land of Goshen October 29, 2020:
We just posted a good chapter summary for Genesis 46, by Helen Kennedy. It's the story of Joseph settling his family in the Land of Goshen. The literal story has lists of names of Joseph's brothers and their descendants, but - of course - the story has an inner meaning for us that's helpful. Here's a link!
Fixing, fixing... October 21, 2020:
One of the challenges of having SOOO much text online is that it sometimes has mistakes in it, or cross-links that didn't get made. We've been on a small text-cleaning binge, e.g. fixing links in John Elliott's English translation of Arcana Coelestia, and in Risto Rundo's translation of the same work into Serbian, and in other translations in Japanese, German, Czech, Spanish, and French. Many thanks to the New Christian scholars around the world who help us "crowd-source" this effort!
More Psalms Commentary October 14, 2020:
We just posted more new chapter commentaries for Psalms 17-26, from Rev. Julian Duckworth. People are really liking these! Here's a link!
Nebeske Tajne is online! October 11, 2020:
Swedenborg's great exegetical work, Arcana Coelestia, from the 1750's, describes the inner meaning of the books of Genesis and Exodus. The late Rev. Risto Rundo, a Swedenborgian scholar and theologian, translated it into Serbian. We got permission to use it, and hyperlink it, and... here it is! It's far from perfect (we've had a hard time getting our text processing routines to work with this text), but it's good enough to be useful, and it's online, (and we'll keep fixing links and formatting.) Zdravo Svete!
We have a new Tagalog UI October 8, 2020:
There are more than 30 million Tagalog speakers in the Philippines, and around the world. And... we get a lot of visitors who come to read the Bible in a Tagalog translation. So, we made a user interface for them, too. Courtesy of our friend Luri - thank you! Here's a link.
Now in app stores: "Swedenborg Reader" October 7, 2020:
The new version of the "Swedenborg Reader" app from the New Christian Bible Study is available now in Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store! If you want to be able to read and search Swedenborg's works on your phone or tablet, when you DON'T have a reasonable web connection, this is the way! You can read, listen, print, share, cite... lots of good new features. Hope you try it, and like it! Here's a link.
New Psalms Commentary September 30, 2020:
We just posted new chapter commentaries for Psalms 31, 32, and 33, from Julian Duckworth. The explanations are good; we think you'll get new, useful insights from them. Here's a link!
Chinese Translation of Arcana Coelestia Hits Halfway Mark September 29, 2020:
We just marked up and imported a Chinese translation of volume 6 (of 12!) of "Arcana Coelestia". It contains Swedenborg's explanations of the internal meaning of chapters 32-38 of Genesis. Here's a link to the place where the latest installment of 属天的奥秘 begins.
Here's a Dutch invitation September 18, 2020:
Swedenborg penned a brief (for him) "Invitatio" to the New Church, in 1771, near the end of his publishing career. It's a useful overview of New Christian thought. We just posted a Dutch translation of it, by Anton Zelling, here: Uitnodiging tot de Nieuwe Kerk.
The Gospel of Mark. Explained. September 10, 2020:
Last week, we published chapter commentaries for the Gospel of Matthew. This week, we've readied Ray Silverman's explanations of the Gospel of Mark. We're getting good feedback on these; people are finding them to be really useful. Here's a link to Mark chapter 1, side by side with its explanation.
Eight Songs. Lots of Food for Thought. September 10, 2020:
We're really pleased to bring you commentaries from Rev. Julian Duckworth on the inner meaning of 8 more Psalms. Here's a link to Psalm 9 with its commentary.
Site Traffic's Up Again September 10, 2020:
Today, we surpassed the 350,000 visits/month rate, up 49% from this time last year!
Life. Guidance. In Spanish! September 10, 2020:
This morning, we took another step towards having a good working set of Spanish translations of everything. Here's an updated translation of Swedenborg's work, "Doctrine about Life""Doctrina de Vida para la Nueva Jerusalén".
The Apocalypse. Explained. September 10, 2020:
Way back in 1758, Emanuel Swedenborg, one of history's great Bible scholars, picked up his quill pen and started to explain the internal sense of the "Book of Revelation". In 1759, he left off with this 5 volume manuscript, and turned to other work. Later, he came back to "Revelation", rewrote his exegesis of it, and published "Apocalypse Revealed", in two Latin volumes, in 1766. After Swedenborg's death in 1772, his heirs and readers published many of his works that had been left in manuscript, including "Apocalypsis Explicata". It's been translated into English at least twice. We just cleaned up John Whitehead's translation of it, fixing hundreds of problems that were lingering from our first attempt to mark it up for online use.
New! Gospel of Matthew Commentary. September 3, 2020:
We're having a big week. We just posted chapter summary explanations for each chapter in the Gospel of Matthew. They're by Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman, the editor of "Light in My Darkness", by Helen Keller, and the author of "Rise Above It", a popular multi-faith spiritual guidebook. Here's a link to Matthew chapter 1, side by side with Ray's explanation of it, and of course you can navigate from there!
Coming now to theaters near you... more explanations of the Psalms. September 2, 2020:
We've been posting chapter-level commentaries on the inner meaning of the Psalms. We just got more new ones from Rev. Julian Duckworth, for Psalms 51-58, and 76-83. They're very good! Here's a link to Psalm 51 with its commentary.
Do Zulu speakers want to understand Genesis? August 31, 2020:
If they do, we can help! We just posted another chunk of Swedenborg's Genesis exegesis, translated into Zulu by friends in South Africa. Here's a link to "Izimfihlakalo Zezulu ", translated by Zamokhule T. Zungu.
Do Serbo-Croatian speakers want Bračna Ljubav? August 27, 2020:
We shall see... we're pretty sure that some will! We just imported a Serbian translation of "Bračna Ljubav". It's a book about the wonderful potential for love in marriage, by Swedenborg, written in 1768. The introduction to this translation is quite beautiful; we want to get it translated into many languages, too. Here's a link to "Bračna Ljubav".
The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms - Latin text August 26, 2020:
Our Latin sweep continues with the posting of a revised text of "Summaria Expositio Sensus Interni Librorum Propheticorum Verbi Veteris Testamenti, Necnon Et Psalmorum Davidis". In this 1761 work, Emanuel Swedenborg outlined the internal meaning of the Prophetical Books from Isaiah to Malachi, the Psalms, and the first 16 chapters of Genesis. This work was not published by Swedenborg, but it is largely consistent with other more detailed treatments made in his published works. Here's a link to it.
Doctrine of Life in Swedish August 19, 2020:
We just imported another Swedish translation, "Levernes-lära för Nya Jerusalem". It's one of four short works by Swedenborg in 1763 that focus on what the Bible says about Life, Faith, the Lord, and the Sacred Scripture. In English, the title is, "Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem". It's a translation by C. J. N. Manby from 1918, and it's online and hyperlinked for the first time, a mere 102 years later! Here's a link to it, side by side with the original Latin text.
The Inner Meaning of Genesis and Exodus - in German! August 5, 2020:
Every time we mark up and import a translation of "Arcana Coelestia" in a new language, it's a big milestone. And... now we have just posted a German one! It's an update of the 1867 Basel edition (J.F.I. Tafel's translation), edited by Dr. Friedemann Horn, and published by Swedenborg Verlag in Zurich, in 1998.
New Commentary on the Psalms. July 28, 2020:
We've started posting chapter-level commentaries on the inner meaning of the Psalms. They're coming in batches. We have them for Psalms 1-8, and 26-29 so far. Here's a link to Psalm 5 with its commentary.
Doctrine about Faith, Online in Japanese! July 28, 2020:
We are really pleased to offer "Doctrine about Faith", or 第四部信仰についての新エルサレムの教義 in Japanese.
Apocalypse Revealed, Online in German: Another Step! July 16, 2020:
One of our big initiatives is to get translations of Swedenborg's Bible explanations online in all the major languages. It's a years-long project... working with translators worldwide. Here's another step forward: "Enthüllte Offenbarung", which is German for "Apocalypse Revealed". It's pretty clear that the events that John saw and described in the Book of Revelation are spiritual events. This book will help you see how they can apply to our own spiritual lives, today. (If you don't read German, we have other translations!)
"Doctrina de la Nueva Jerusalén sobre las Sagradas Escrituras" July 15, 2020:
Here's the most recent translation from the farflung network of Spanish-speaking New Christian translators. In this short work, Bible readers get a well-structured explanation of how God reveals truths to us via the written Word, and how the Old and New Testaments are written by means of correspondences. Here's a link.
More Dutch translation of Arcana Coelestia July 2, 2020:
We've been bringing you installments of the new Dutch translation of Arcana Coelestia. Here's the latest: explanations of the meanings of Exodus chapters 1-20. Here's a link: Hemelse Verborgenheden in Genesis en Exodus.
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