Über das Projekt New Christian Bible Study


Das New Christian Bible Study Project ist eine Online-Studienort für Menschen, die sich für die Bibel interessieren, nicht nur in ihrem kraftvollen wörtlichen Sinn, sondern auch in ihrem inneren, geistlichen Sinn.

Die Vorstellung, dass die Bibel eine innere Bedeutung hat, ist eine alte Idee. Jesus wusste es und bezog sich darauf. Jesus zeigte häufig, dass das Alte Testament tiefere Bedeutungen enthielt, als es zunächst offensichtlich war. Zum Beispiel sagte er seinen Jüngern, dass das Alte Testament viele Prophezeiungen über sein eigenes Leben enthielt, die sie nicht verstanden hatten. "Er begann bei Mose und allen Propheten und erklärte ihnen in allen Schriften die Dinge, die sich auf Ihn selbst bezogen." (Lukas 24:27)

"Er öffnete ihr Verständnis, damit sie die Schrift verstehen können." (Lukas 24:45)

Für viele Jahrhunderte vor der Zeit Jesu studierten jüdische Theologen das Alte Testament und entwickelten einen "Kommentar" dazu, indem sie dessen innere Bedeutung untersuchten. Die "Mündliche Thora" geht vielleicht schon bis in die Zeit Moses zurück, obwohl sie erst im zweiten Jahrhundert der christlichen Ära in einer Form namens Mishna aufgeschrieben wurde. In der christlichen Kirche geht der Kommentar fast auf die Zeit Christi zurück und setzt sich bis heute fort.

Die theologischen Grundlagen dieser Stätte basieren auf den religiösen Werken von Emanuel Swedenborg aus dem 18. Jahrhundert. Obwohl Swedenborg selbst heute nicht bekannt ist, war der Einfluss seiner theologischen Werke sowohl breit als auch tief. Unter anderem veröffentlichte Swedenborg detaillierte Erklärungen des Buches der Genesis, des Buches des Exodus und des Buches der Offenbarung oder Apokalypse. Er skizzierte auch die innere Bedeutung der Psalmen und der Propheten und zitierte andere Schriftstellen ausführlich.

Swedenborg hat auf Latein geschrieben, aber seine Bücher wurden in viele Sprachen übersetzt, und wir hoffen, viele davon hier für weltweite Leser zusammenzubringen. Bisher haben wir in unserer Hauptdatenbank die meisten der vorhandenen englischen Übersetzungen, die lateinischen Originalversionen und einige Übersetzungen in Portugiesisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Schwedisch, Norwegisch, Deutsch, Niederländisch, Tschechisch, Chinesisch und Koreanisch. Auf unserer On-Deck-Seite haben wir einige von Swedenborgs Werken in 10 weiteren Sprachen, auch im pdf-Format. Wir werden sie so schnell wie möglich in die Hauptdatenbank importieren, aber sie sind jetzt online und bereit für Ihren Gebrauch.

Wir haben auch Bibelübersetzungen in den meisten der Hauptsprachen gesammelt, so dass Bibelleser einen komfortablen, einfach zu nutzenden Ort haben, um das Wort Gottes zu lesen und zu studieren und leicht mit erklärenden Inhalten zu vernetzen.

Eines der Kernstücke unseres Projekts ist, dass wir auch Erklärungen von Bibelgeschichten, Versen und Wörtern hinzufügen, die für moderne Leser bestimmt sind. Wir fügen auch Videos und Grafiken hinzu, die helfen, Konzepte zu veranschaulichen.

Dieses Projekt wird von der New Christian Bible Study Corp. weitergeführt, einer registrierten gemeinnützigen 501(c)3-Organisation, die zu diesem Zweck gegründet wurde. Wir hoffen, dass diese Seite Ihnen auf Ihrer spirituellen Reise nützlich sein wird.

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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.


Apocalypse Explained (and hyperlinked!) June 30, 2020:

In Swedenborg's draft work explaining the inner meaning of the Book of Revelation, he makes an astounding 14,500+ scripture references, plus 10,000 more cross references. That means, of course, that hyperlinking is really useful. Here's the most recent English translation, done in 1952, by Tansley, courtesy of the Swedenborg Society in the UK. We've been at pains to hyperlink it. It's not perfect, but it's good enough to have online. Here's a link to Apocalypse Explained.


New Czech translation: Manželská láska! June 29, 2020:

We just added a translation of parts of Swedenborg's work on marriage. The original 1768 Latin work was entitled "De Amore Conjugialis", and it's been typically titled "Congugial Love" or "Marriage Love" in English translations. Here's a link: Manželská láska.


Judges. Explained! June 24, 2020:

We've just posted chapter-level commentaries on the deeper meaning of the Book of Judges. They're really helpful, showing the relevance of these old, old stories to our new, new lives. Here's a link: Exploring the Meaning of Judges 1.


Joshua. Explained. May 21, 2020:

We've finished chapter summaries for the whole Book of Joshua! Many thanks to Rev. Julian Duckworth for doing that research and writing. Here's a link to chapter 1: Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 1. When you have a Bible chapter and its summary open side by side, they're yoked together, so you can use the "next" button to read right on through. And, stay tuned for summaries of the Book of Judges.


Japanese translation of Conjugial Love - Updated! May 18, 2020:

We just got (and processed) a long-hoped-for update to the Japanese translation of "Conjugial Love", courtesy of our good friends at Arcana Press in Japan. There's a lot more coming in that pipeline, too.


Now, English... Elliott AC Updates May 17, 2020:

We've just done a pass through the text of John Elliott's masterful English translation of "Arcana Coelestia", to associate the Genesis chapter text with the correct section numbers, and de-tangle some footnotes. That's been on our list for a LONG time; it's nice to check it off!


Now, Zulu... here's Izimfihlakalo Zezulu Volume 5 May 12, 2020:

We've just processed and imported "Arcana Coelestia" in Zulu. Just for fun, trying reading it aloud! It's a seriously cool language. Here's a link.


On a Korean Roll... here's 요한 계시록 풀이 May 12, 2020:

We've just posted a cleaned-up translation of "Apocalypse Revealed", or 요한 계시록 풀이, in Korean.


New Version of 새 예루살렘 그리고 그곳의 교리 May 11, 2020:

We've just posted a cleaned-up translation of "The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine", or 새 예루살렘 그리고 그곳의 교리, in Korean.


Streamlining the UI April 23, 2020:

We're streamlining the site's user interface, so that new Bible studiers can find what they're looking with fewer menus to look through. For our longtime readers, it may take a little getting used to! We hope you like it. Tell us what you like and don't like, and what's on your wish list.


Divine Love - in Dutch April 13, 2020:

There's a short work, entitled "De Divino Amore" in Latin, or Divine Love. Swedenborg wrote it as a draft for a later work. He didn't publish it, but it still serves as a brief-ish outline on the subject. Here's a brand new Dutch translation of it: Over de Goddelijke Liefde


More Insights into Joshua April 13, 2020:

For those of you who have been reading the Book of Joshua... there's more! We've added 4 more explanations of its inner meaning, from Rev. Julian Duckworth. Here's a link to chapter 9: Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 9


Site Traffic Soars 3/28/20:

Is it a spiritual awakening? Has the coronavirus pandemic gotten people to start thinking about what's most important in their lives? We don't know. But traffic is way up.


More on the Book of Joshua 3/28/20:

Get more out of reading the Book of Joshua. We've just added explanations of chapters 5-9: Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 5


A Serbian User Interface March 27, 2020:

Here's a brand new thing: a Serbian user interface!.


Some Encouragement from Helen Keller 3/25/2020:

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved." - Helen Keller


offTheLeftEye Talks Coronavirus 3/24/20:

Our friends at offTheLeftEye did a coronavirus-related show on their youtube channel last night. It's a friendly, helpful conversation with the usual thought-provoking ideas. Here are some places where we connect to it:

Matthew 6: Follow the link, click "Study the Inner Meaning", and use the Video tab on the sliding pane.

Heaven and Hell 281, Secrets of Heaven 8478, The Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem 114, and Secrets of Heaven 1392. Follow the links, and when you're reading, click the "Study this Passage" button, and then use the Video tab on the sliding pane.


Why are these two chapters unusual? 3/23/20:

Partway through his super-detailed commentary on Genesis and Exodus, Swedenborg took a detour into the New Testament, and explained the internal meaning of two chapters in the Gospel of Matthew - chapters 24 and 25. It's interesting to see this. By extension, it helps us to better understand the rest of gospels. We've gathered up the links you'll need, and put them into the chapter summaries, for Matthew 24 and 25.


A ninth translation in Chinese! 3/20/20:

We just posted a translation of Swedenborg's work, "The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine", into Chinese. Take a look: 新耶路撒冷及其天堂教义


Russian UI 3/18/20:

We just rolled out an updated Russian User Interface. Thanks to Theo!


No, not THIS apocalypse 3/17/20:

We posted a brand-new Chinese translation of Swedenborg's "Apocalypse Revealed". It's got nothing to do with coronavirus! However, it IS an interesting look at the inner meaning of the Book of Revelation, and if you happen to be a Chinese reader, well... it was written in Latin 250+ years ago, and it's been available in many translations - but not in Chinese, until... now!
Here's a link: 破解啟示錄


Quick Start Guide 3/12/20:

While we're in helpful document mode, here's a new Quick Start Guide in .pdf format, designed to help new site visitors get a sense of what all's here and how it works.


Search Tips Guide 3/11/20:

We've put together a new Search Tips Guide in .pdf format. Searching is an interesting challenge, where most of the time users want it to be simple and fast - but then occasionally they want it to be very specific. We're always trying to accommodate the whole range of needs. This document should be pretty useful for times when you want help with a tricky search!


A translation wave... 3/6/20:

We've now translated our 295 spiritual topic articles into 14 languages. We've been working on a way to integrate the best machine translation tools into our system, so we get decent output. This is the first large-scale rollout of it. It should be pretty useful!


For the world's Spanish speaking Christians... 3/5/20:

Courtesy of our friends at SPI, we've just posted a new Spanish translation of "Doctrina de la Nueva Jerusalén Acerca de la Fe", (or, in English, The Doctrine of the New Jersualem Regarding Faith).


An interesting thought for the day... 3/5/20:

"In short we can say today that man is far too clever to be able to survive without wisdom.... The exclusion of wisdom from economics, science, and technology was something which we could perhaps get away with for a little while, as long as we were relatively unsuccessful; but now that we have become very successful, the problem of spiritual and moral truth moves into the central position." (E.F. Schumacher, from his book, "Small is Beautiful", in 1973.)



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