• Lexicon to the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg

    Edited by John Chadwick and Jonathan S. Rose
    Foreword by John Elliot

    A Lexicon to the Latin Text of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) by Dr. John Chadwick and Dr. Jonathan S Rose is a defining reference work in the field of eighteenth-century Latin studies. It contains definitions for over fourteen thousand Latin terms alongside examples of usage and morphology. Beautifully designed, it will be of great use to students and scholars of Neo-Latin and Emanuel Swedenborg. Read more

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A Lexicon to the Latin Text of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) by Dr. John Chadwick and Dr. Jonathan S. Rose is a unique specialist dictionary of fourteen thousand Neo-Latin words and their usages as contained in eighteenth-century theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg.

Beyond its use for scholars of Swedenborg, the Lexicon is also of great assistance to students and academics of history, philosophy, theology and science, and anyone who encounters texts written in Neo-Latin (the branch of Latin that was in use by learned writers and thinkers from the Renaissance period through to the Enlightenment and beyond). The Lexicon is beautifully and simply designed and easy to navigate. In addition to a preface by editor John Chadwick, this edition also features a new introduction by Jonathan S. Rose containing an important section on the morphology of Swedenborg’s Neo-Latin (as distinct from the morphology of classical Latin); an appreciation of the life of John Chadwick by John Elliott; an appendix with a detailed listing of the various Latin editions of Swedenborg’s theological works; and an appendix on Swedenborg’s use of the Latin Bible of Sebastian Schmidt.

About the Author

Dr. John Chadwick was a classical scholar who served as an editor on the Oxford Latin Dictionary and who is internationally renowned for his contribution to the decipherment of the ancient Minoan script, Linear B. He was also a fellow of the British Academy and of Downing College, Cambridge. By the time of his retirement in 1984, he had become the fourth (and last) Perceval Maitland Laurence Reader in Classics at Cambridge. With Michael Ventris he published Documents in Mycenaean Greek (1956) and “Evidence for Greek Dialect in the Mycenaean Archives” in The Journal of Hellenic Studies (1956). He also wrote The Decipherment of Linear B (1958) and The Mycenaean World (1976). For the Swedenborg Society he translated six of Swedenborg’s works, including The True Christian Religion and The Last Judgment.

Dr. Jonathan S. Rose is a prodigious translator of Swedenborg and the series editor of the New Century edition of Swedenborg’s works. Holder of a BA and a MDiv in religion and a MA and a PhD in Latin, he has worked for years in the study of Neo-Latin and in Swedenborgian research. For the Swedenborg Foundation he has translated True Christianity and has published numerous books and articles, including Swedenborg’s Garden of Theology (2010). He was editor of and a contributor to Emanuel Swedenborg: Essays for the New Century Edition on His Life, Work, and Impact (2004).


“It is obvious that John Chadwick’s excellent work will be of major significance in the future not only for Swedenborg researches, but beyond that for investigations of Neo-Latin in general”

—Hans Helander, Studia Swedenborgiana

“Hurrah for this work . . . There has never been anything quite like this Lexicon. It fills a long foreseen need.”

—Erik Sandstrom, New Church Life

“This Swedenborg lexicon is one of the volumes I shall be using regularly . . . I recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in this field.”

—Craig Kallendorf, Texas A &M University, Seventeenth-Century News

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