• A Drama of Creation

    Sources and Influence in Swedenborg's Worship and Love of God

    By Inge Jonsson
    Swedenborg Studies #16

    The Worship and Love of God is one of the most unusual works written by Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) — a poetic dramatization of the Creation story. In this work, Swedenborg scholar Inge Jonsson examines the sources and influences that went into the writing of this work. Read more

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The Worship and Love of God is one of Swedenborg’s most unusual books. A “poetic novel,” it dramatizes the Creation and examines the life of Adam and Eve as the first truly united couple. Inge Jonsson, former rector of Stockholm University and one of the world’s leading Swedenborg scholars, examines this unique work from the perspective of sources and influences. The literary genre of the Creation, ancient and modern philosophy, and scientific discoveries of his own day come into play in Swedenborg’s richly imagined and beautifully articulated world.

About the Author

Inge Jonsson was professor of Comparative Literature at Stockholm University from 1973 to 1994. From 1988 to 1994, he also served as rector of the university. He has written four books on various aspects of Swedenborg’s thinking, two volumes on the history of literary theory, and a number of articles on research policy and university administration problems. He also served as president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities from 1993 to 2001 and has written a history of the institution.

About the Swedenborg Studies Series

Swedenborg Studies is a scholarly series published by the Swedenborg Foundation. The primary purpose of the series is to make materials available for understanding the life and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and the impact his thought has had on others. The Foundation undertakes to publish original studies and English translations and to republish primary sources that are otherwise difficult to access.

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