New Century Edition

NCE Minute: Parallel Passages in Swedenborg’s Works

Anyone who reads Swedenborg for long enough—and that could be for as little as a few minutes—soon discovers that the great Swedish theologian repeats himself. Readers today, both new and long-experienced, find this deliberate practice of his to be somewhat challenging. We are not used to such repetition in written works, though we endure it in countless other forms, media advertising being an omnipresent example. There can be no question that Swedenborg believed the repetition of an idea in different contexts and with different illustrations and nuances to be a powerful teaching and communicating tool. Read more

NCE Minute: The Three Pillars of Heaven: Understanding the Themes of The Shorter Works of 1763

The year 2019 will see the publication of the New Century Edition’s second deluxe compendium of Swedenborg’s shorter works. The first such volume was The Shorter Works of 1758; the forthcoming volume will contain the five short works Swedenborg originally published in 1763: The Lord, Sacred Scripture, Life, Faith, and Supplements, complete with preface, introduction, annotations, and indexes.  Read more

A New Method for an Old Challenge

If you put yourself in the shoes of a translator journeying through a work of Swedenborg, you might think that each of the thousands of passages Swedenborg quotes from the Bible would offer you a welcome rest. After all, the Bible has been translated into English many times over. Quotations from it should be easy to translate. But Swedenborg’s extracts from the Bible are seldom actual quotations, in the modern sense. They do not necessarily begin at the first word of a verse, end with the last word, and quote all the words in between. Nor do they always present a range of verses in a straightforward fashion. Read more

Swedenborg: The Theologian Who Wasn’t

Emanuel Swedenborg believed that conventional Christian theology sets an impossible challenge for believers. Though Christians are traditionally called upon by church doctrine to acknowledge the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three persons, their religion forbids them to refer to these persons as “three gods.” Read more

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