Scribe of Heaven
Swedenborg's 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
Essays for the New Century Edition is the title of the hardcover version of this book.
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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.
“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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