The Holy Bible

Find new, deeper insights into this great spiritual work


A still life painting by Vincent van Gogh of an open Bible on a table

The Bible is a very ancient book, with its roots in pre-history. The first five books - the Books of Moses - date back some 3500 years as a written work, and they contain stories that were from even older books, and from oral traditions that stretch much further back in time. Christians, Jews, and Muslims regard all or parts of it as sacred texts, with layers of deeper inner meaning that are timeless.

In this site, you can read the Bible in a comfortable format, and use the tools provided to explore and understand the inner spiritual meanings of Bible stories you already know and love. Choose a translation from the list on the left to start reading.

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Project News:


Search Function - Updates! October 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 October 3, 2017:

Here's another new story explanation, this time about the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods...". Here's a link to the story, and its explanation via video, courtesy of Curtis Childs and the Swedenborg and Life series from the Swedenborg Foundation.


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse October 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!


Life May 25, 2017:

We've just imported another New Century Edition of one of Swedenborg's works, entitled "Life". It's about how to become a good person, and live a good life.


Faith May 17, 2017:

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


Busy Week May 12, 2017:

Lots happening this week: A new and improved version of Arcana Coelestia, more videos from our friends at the Swedenborg Foundation, better links from Bible text to related commentary... read more here.


Dutch Interface May 3, 2017:

We just deployed a Dutch interface for the site. The 23 million Dutch speakers of the world can now read the Bible while exploring Swedenborg's works, all in a comfortable language for finding their way around the site. Take a look!


Over 100,000! April 15, 2017:

We just topped the 100,000 visits/month level for the first time, on Easter Sunday!


Easter Commentary April 14, 2017:

In time for Easter, we have added three commentaries by New Christian writers: 1) The Miracles of Jesus Christ, by Rev. John Clowes 2) The Parables of Jesus Christ Explained, by Rev. John Clowes 3) The Path, by Rev. Geoffrey Childs.


Precepts - Round-Tripped April 1, 2017:

We just posted a cleaned-up version of Precepts of the Decalog, a draft outline that Swedenborg wrote in preparation for his 1763 work, Doctrine of the Lord. Here's the link: Precepts of the Decalog.


Monthly visits: 98,000+ April 13, 2017:

We're closing in on the 100,000 visits/month level! It will be fun to achieve that goal.


Explaining the Word March 30, 2017:

We've been adding a bunch of Bible Study commentary to our on-deck circle. Some of it is old, but it's good, and we wanted to make sure you knew it was there. Here's the link: Bible Commentary.


Growing! March 27, 2017:

We welcomed more than 94,000 visitors for the last 30 days; it's more good growth! We're glad you're all finding our site, and we hope you're getting good ideas that you can put to use in your lives. Thanks for visiting, and come back soon!


Cleanup of Latin TCR March 20, 2017:

We just finished a major cleanup/round-trip of the Latin text of Vera Christiana Religio, or, in English, True Christian Religion (TCR). This was Swedenborg's capstone theological work, and with a clean, exportable Latin foundation, future translators will be able to work much faster.


Dear Google, Please Index... March 13, 2017:

We just created new, bigger, better sitemaps to help Google, Bing and other search engines crawl and index the site. We've submitted more than 17 million distinct pages, now, and we're excluding most of the side-by-side comparison pages.


2 Round-trips for Divine Love March 13, 2017:

We just re-processed two English translations of Swedenborg's drafted-but-not-published work, De Divino Amore (Divine Love). They now have links to Bible verses, cross references, and active footnotes.


Over 90,000 Visitors a Month!March 6, 2017:

We just topped the 90,000 visitors/month threshold.


Old Testament Parables? March 3, 2017:

Rev. Edward Craig Mitchell explained 47 Old Testament Parables, in the light of New Christian thought, and... we just imported his explanations. You can find them in the stories table here.


Another German translation! February 27, 2017:

We've imported another German translation of one of Swedenborg's works: "Der Verkehr der Seele und Leib". That makes 2 works fully imported and linked up, and another 13(!) available as .pdf files.


What's the Inner Meaning of the Book of Deuteronomy? February 23, 2017:

We've now added chapter and verse-level explanations for the Book of Deuteronomy. These are from a book by Alexander Payne, "A STUDY OF THE INTERNAL OR SPIRITUAL SENSE OF THE FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED DEUTERONOMY", published in London, in 1881.


Leviticus and Numbers Explained February 17, 2017:

We've just imported chapter and verse-level explanations of the inner meaning of the books of Leviticus and Numbers. These are from two books by Rev. Henry MacLagan, published in London, in 1912 and 1913.


Want to see the Greek? Or the Hebrew? February 16, 2017:

We've added a dynamic link at the bottom of the Study Slider, to qBible, one of the best places online to get back to the source languages of the Word.


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