• Conversations with Angels

    What Swedenborg Heard in Heaven

    By Emanuel Swedenborg
    Edited by Leonard Fox and Donald Rose
    Translated by David Gladish and Jonathan S. Rose
    Introduction by Leonard Fox

    A collection of the most remarkable selections from Emanuel Swedenborg's works about the wisdom imparted to him by angels. Read more

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It has pleased the Lord to . . . open the interiors of my mind or spirit, whereby I have been permitted to be in the spiritual world with angels, and at the same time in the natural world with people, and this now [has happened for] twenty-seven years.

This remarkable declaration by Emanuel Swedenborg sets the stage for this collection of angelic encounters. Throughout the final twenty-seven years of his life, Swedenborg explored the realms of heaven and hell and spoke with angels about the nature of their life after death, discussed with newly arrived spirits their misconceptions about the afterlife, and debated with devils or spirit from hell. As an Enlightenment scholar, Swedenborg recorded these encounters, attesting to God’s will that humanity might know the truth of eternal life.

These narratives, translated by Swedenborgian scholars David Gladish and Jonathan S. Rose, have been selected from three of Swedenborg’s works,Marriage Love, Revelation Unveiled, and True Christianity, and have been arranged by theme. Swedenborg’s conversations with angels startle the reader with insights into the reality of the spiritual world.

About the Author

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, nobleman, and theologian who spent his life investigating the mysteries of the soul. Born in Stockholm to a staunchly Lutheran family, he graduated from the University of Uppsala and then traveled to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study the leading scientists of the time. He gained favor with Sweden’s King Charles XII, who gave him the position of overseer of the Swedish mining industry. Later, he was given a seat on the Swedish House of Nobles by Charles XII’s successor, Queen Ulrika Eleonora. Between 1743 and 1745 he began to have visions of heaven, hell, and Jesus Christ which resulted in a stream of books about the nature of God, the afterlife, and the inner meaning of the Bible. He devoted the last decades of his life to studying Scripture and presenting his own unique theology to the world.

 

Jonathan S. Rose is the series editor of the New Century Edition, an ongoing project that incorporates the latest scholarship to produce a modern, accessible translation of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological works. Holder of a B.A. and a M.Div. in religion and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Latin, he has worked for years in the study of Neo-Latin and in Swedenborgian research. He was both chaplain and a tenured professor of religion and sacred languages at Bryn athyn College before taking on his current position.

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