Bible Stories Explained

Get new insights into these great, but often misunderstood, stories


The Bible is full of stories. Are they still relevant today? 2000+ years later? Yes! They are timeless. They are written in a kind of code, in which the literal words have an inner meaning. Here's a list of Bible stories. Many have explanations or commentary by New Christian scholars, writers, and artists.

If you would like to contribute your own explanations of Bible stories, you may submit them here for review.

Featured Stories:

Palm Tree

Palm Sunday, from John's viewpoint – If I Only Knew Then...

Here we look at Palm Sunday through the lens of the Gospel of John. John's purpose is to convince the reader that Jesus Is God, and through the Gospel we hear John's lament, wishing he knew then what he knows now.

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Before entering Jerusalem for the last time, Jesus wept over its future. This painting by Enrique Simonet, is called "Flevit super Illam", the Latin for "He Wept Over It". It is in the Museum of Malaga.

Weeping at Easter

A sermon for Palm Sunday by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss

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Christ driving the money-changers from the temple

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

In this story, on the Monday after Palm Sunday, Jesus re-enters Jerusalem, goes to the temple, and drives out the moneychangers and people who were selling animals for sacrifices. He overturns tables, and takes a whip, and uses it to clean out the temple. So, what's this story about for us?

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Last week slow – this week fast 4/5/2019:

Sorry the site was so slow for the past few days. We had three things hit our server at once, and it took us a little while to get it sorted. Part of it was just some overly-greedy indexing from third parties, and in part it was self-inflicted, in that our nice new slider features were loading the system pretty heavily. But we've throttled those indexers, and optimized our own queries, and the server's pretty happy now. So, come on down!


5 New Spanish Translations 3/23/2019:

There are some talented translators around the world, working on Spanish translations of Swedenborg's theological works. We're working with several groups to make those translations available online here, linked to the Word, and cross-referenced to each other. We just posted 5 new ones. They're by Dr. Andres Omar Ayala, a Paraguayan Bible scholar, and they're of some of Swedenborg's shorter posthumous works. Here's the master page where you can see what all Swedenborg translations we have in the system now, and filter by language.


"Bible Slider" gets Related Verses 3/16/2019:

New, from NCBS, a frog button. Huh? Well, we just added a whole bunch of data on pairs of related verses in the Bible. You'll find those links on a brand new tab on the "Bible slider". We needed an icon that expressed "jump" or "link" or "relate", and... the frog sort of jumped out at us. Many thanks to Cristoph Romhild, German pastor and Bible scholar, for putting the data together, and for giving us permission to use it.


"Swedenborg Slider" gets Parallel Passages 3/16/2019:

40 years ago, New Christian scholars worked on a project to collect "parallel passages" in Swedenborg's theological works. There are a lot of them... more than 2800 pairs. For years, we've wanted to add these to the New Christian Bible Study site, and we finally got a chance to tackle it. If you're reading one of Swedenborg's books, and you click on the "Study this Passage" button, you'll see parallel passages, to go along with the inbound references. Here's a link to a sample passage.


A Brand New "Swedenborg Slider" 3/14/2019:

We just deployed another major new feature to the site. For short, we're calling it the "Swedenborg slider". If you're reading a section from one of Swedenborg's theological works, you can slide out a panel that shows you any "inbound links", either from a cross-reference, or from any other author who links to that section. It's pretty nice! Check it out.


New "Bible Slider" features 3/11/2019:

We just posted some nice updates to our Bible slider. To see an example, go to Genesis 4 and click the "Study the Inner Meaning" button. The sliding pane has two tabs now, one with related links from Swedenborg's works, and the other with links from other commentators - including video Bible studies, illustrated explanations, some audio sermons, and more.


More Zulu and Czech! 2/19/2019:

We just posted another chunk of Zulu translation of Arcana Coelestia (the sections from Volume 2), AND the first volume of the same work in Czech, Tajemství nebe (Heger překlad). This is pretty important; Swedenborg's explorations of the Bible's inner meaning underpin all the rest of his theology; so... if you want to do Bible Study in Zulu, or Czech, or any other language, it's a good thing to have Arcana Coelestia accessible!

Plus, while we had our brains attuned to Czech, we added a translation of the first section of Pravé křesťanství (Máchová překlad), which is True Christian Religion.


AC Vol 1 in Zulu 2/1/2019:

We just imported our first Zulu translation of Swedenborg's works. Here's a link to Arcana Coelestia Volume 1 in Zulu.


Heaven and Hell in Serbian 1/31/2019:

We just pushed up a linked-up Serbian translation of Heaven and Hell, "Nebo i Pakao". If you have Serbian-speaking friends who are interested in spiritual life, send them the link!


TCR in Russian 1/10/2019:

Dostoevsky read Swedenborg. Tolstoy read Swedenborg.

If you're a Russian-speaker and you want to read Swedenborg... we're trying to make it easier than ever. We just added a Russian translation of True Christian Religion - take a look: Истинная Христианская Религия


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