Essays for the New Century Edition on His Life, Work, and Impact
Edited by Jonathan S. Rose, Stuart Shotwell, and M.L. Bertucci
Foreword by Jonathan S. Rose and Stuart Shotwell
The essays in this volume testify to the far-reaching effects of Emanuel Swedenborg’s works in Western culture. Read more
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The essays in this volume testify to the far-reaching effects of Emanuel Swedenborg’s works in Western culture. This book serves as a self-contained resource on Swedenborg’s life and thought and as a gateway into further exploration of the labyrinthine garden of Swedenborg’s works. It includes a biography; lively overviews of the content and history of Swedenborg’s writings on spiritual topics; and essays tracing Swedenborg’s impact in various regions of the world. Three generous bibliographies round out the volume with data on recommended texts, on Swedenborg’s own extensive life works, and on the many sources cited in this volume itself. Copious notes and a thorough index assist the reader in mining the wealth of facts, themes, and personalities discussed in this one-of-a-kind book.
About the Deluxe Edition
Scribe of Heaven: Swedenborg’s Life, Work, and Impact, edited by Jonathan S. Rose, Stuart Shotwell, and Mary Lou Bertucci. This Deluxe volume contains a preface by Jonathan S. Rose and Stuart Shotwell; eleven essays contributed by George F. Dole, David B. Eller, Olle Hjern, Robert H. Kirven, Jean-François Mayer, Frank S. Rose, Jonathan S. Rose, Alice B. Skinner, Richard Smoley, and Jane Williams-Hogan; a bibliography of recommended works; an annotated bibliography of Swedenborg’s writings; a bibliography of works cited in Scribe of Heaven; and an index to Scribe of Heaven. 2005.
“Scribe of Heaven is probably the best reader’s guide to Swedenborg’s life, works, and influence ever yet written. These essays by a panel of outstanding writers and leading Swedenborg scholars comprise a magnificent feast for newcomers to Swedenborg and a digest of wisdom for those who have studied him for many years. Original research, fresh insights, and stimulating discussion are supported by the most comprehensive Swedenborg bibliography to date.”
—Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Chair of Esoteric Studies, University of Wales Lampeter.
“Inspired by an encyclopedic vision and written by an international team of experts, Scribe of Heaven is the most comprehensive and most reliable study of the life, work, and wide cultural influence of Emanuel Swedenborg that has ever been published. Both the general reader and the scholar will use it with profit and delight.”
—Bernhard Lang, Professor of Old Testament and Religious Studies, University of Paderborn, Germany; and University of St. Andrews, Scotland
“For anyone interested in all the dimensions of the Swedenborg phenomenon (biographical, doctrinal, cultural, social, and bibliographical), this excellent volume provides the best introduction currently available.”
—Wouter J. Hanegraaf, Professor of History and Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam
About the New Century Edition
The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg presents a modern-language, scholarly translation of Swedenborg’s theological works. The series’ easy-to-read style retains the dignity, variety, clarity, and gender-inclusive language of Swedenborg’s original Latin, bringing his thought to life. Introductions and annotations by eminent, international scholars place Swedenborg’s writings in their historical context and illuminate obscure references within the text, enabling readers to understand and trace Swedenborg’s influence as never before.
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Contents of the Deluxe Volume
Preface, by Jonathan S. Rose and Stuart Shotwell
The Inner Journey of Emanuel Swedenborg, by Richard Smoley
Swedenborg’s Garden of Theology: An Introduction to Swedenborg’s Published Theological Works, by Jonathan S. Rose
Swedenborg’s Modes of Presentation, 1745–1771, by George F. Dole
Swedenborg’s Manuscripts, by Frank S. Rose
The Influence of Emanuel Swedenborg in Scandinavia, by Olle Hjern
Swedenborg and Continental Europe, by Jean-François Mayer
Selected Examples of Swedenborg’s Influence in Great Britain and the United States, by Robert H. Kirven and David B. Eller
Swedenborgian Churches and Related Institutions in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada, by Jane Williams-Hogan and David B. Eller
New Church (Swedenborgian) Societies in the United States and Canada, 1790–2003
Examples of Internationalization: The New Church in Africa, by Jane Williams-Hogan
An Alternative Approach to Studying Swedenborg’s Impact
Swedenborg’s Influence: The Power of Three Selected Ideas, by Alice B. Skinner
Bibliographies and Index
Recommended Works, by David B. Eller
Annotated Bibliography of Swedenborg’s Writings, by Jonathan S. Rose
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