The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg
The New Century Edition (NCE) is unique in Swedenborgian scholarship in that it’s the first translation of Swedenborg’s eighteenth-century Latin writings to be produced using a unified set of standards. Internationally recognized scholars have been recruited to write introductions that set each work in its historical context. The text is extensively annotated, explaining the meaning of obscure terms, the personal or historical context behind particular passages, and other tidbits of information that give deeper meaning to the work. In addition, translator’s prefaces give notes about the original Latin and tables of parallel passages show where Swedenborg discusses similar topics. There are indexes not only to the biblical references in each work, but to the prefaces and introductions as well as (separately) the works themselves. In short, the New Century Edition is the ultimate reference tool for anyone who wants to delve into Swedenborg!
As part of our mission to make Swedenborg’s writings accessible, every NCE book we’ve published to date is available as a free e-book in our online bookstore!
Download our Guide to the Theological Works of Emanuel Swedenborg for a list of Swedenborg’s published theological writings with descriptions of each volume.
The New Century Edition is printed in two different editions:
Deluxe Editions contain introductions, notes, and supplemental materials by Swedenborgian scholars. All Deluxe Editions are available in hardcover, and Swedenborg’s most popular works are also available in Deluxe paperback.
Portable Editions are smaller paperbacks that include the complete text of the translations, but none of the introductions, notes, or other supplemental materials.
All printed editions are also available as e-books, and we are in the process of creating audio versions as well. Find our entire NCE collection in our online bookstore.
New Century Edition Team Blog
George was a key figure in the New Century Edition, an architect of the project and one of its four translators.
Just as no art historian would think of studying Picasso without considering the different phases and periods of his paintings, no serious reader of Swedenborg should lack awareness of the sequence and time frame in which his works were published.
The truths that God sets up as commandments were not given to us to be considered in the abstract; they are to be acted on. This sets up a dynamic between goodness and truth: to think of doing something good is itself a truth, and likewise a truth becomes a good thing when we will it and do it
Among the recurring difficulties faced by translators of Swedenborg’s works are his repeated references to goodness and truth. The difficulties lie not so much in what he has to say about them (though that is certainly extraordinary), but in the way he chooses to say it.
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