• Bible Study Notes Vol. 4

    Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew

    By Anita S. Dole
    Edited by William Ross Woofenden

    This is the fourth volume of a six-volume set that contains a multi-year course of Bible study. Volume 4 begins with a general discussion of the prophets; the second half of the book is a detailed series of lessons on the Gospel of Matthew. Read more

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The fourth in a six-volume set, this volume of Bible Study Notes covers Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Haggai, Malachi and Matthew, providing a uniquely Swedenborgian view of their meaning, from an exploration of the prophets to the story of Easter.

Originally written for Sunday school teachers, the book is divided into five age groups: beginner (ages 6-8), junior (ages 9-11), intermediate (ages 12-14), senior (ages 15-17) and adult. Each lesson focuses on imparting knowledge of the literal sense of the Bible, its spiritual sense, New Church Doctrines, and worship.

The lessons are geared toward the life experience and level of understanding of that particular age group, and Dole gives practical advice in each lesson for helping children and adults relate to the Bible. Each lesson contains an overview of the points to be discussed, notes for parents and teachers, text with discussion questions for each age group, related readings from Swedenborg, and questions that review and test students’ understanding.

This classic study tool is perfect for study groups and Sunday school as well as for individuals who want to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of the Bible.

About the Author

Anita S. Dole (1889-1973) graduated from the University of Chicago. She was first exposed to Swedenborg while teaching at Urbana College in Urbana, Ohio, and joined the church in 1917. In 1919 she married the Reverend Louis A. Dole, and moved with him to Fryeburg, Maine, where he served as pastor to a New Church congregation. Among a wealth of volunteer positions, she taught Sunday school at the church, developing the course that would be published as Bible Study Notes. She lived most of her adult life in Fryeburg and Bath, Maine.


William Ross Woofenden was a leading Swedenborgian scholar. He held an MA and a PhD from St. Louis University and was a professor at the Swedenborg School of Religion, where he taught theology and philosophy for twenty years. He served as founder and editor of the journal Studia Swedenborgiana and series editor for the Redesigned Standard Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg.

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