Arcana Coelestia Or Heavenly Mysteries Contained in the Sacred Scriptures Or Word of the Lord Part One

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Kessinger Publishing, Jul 1, 2004 - Religion - 536 pages
1837. Part One of Twelve. Swedenborg, a noted Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian, best known for his later writings, in which he presents ideas both Christian and ecumenical, for a new spiritual era or new church to be known as the New Jerusalem. The Arcana Coelestia is Swedenborg's crowning achievement. In Arcana Coelestia Swedenborg first introduces the concept of correspondences, a living, spiritual meaning within Scripture. He then proceeds to offer a verse by verse spiritual interpretation of the books of Genesis and Exodus. Along the way, he explains the spiritual meaning of many parallel passages throughout the rest of the Bible. Recommended reading for any serious student of the Bible. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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The son of a Swedish Lutheran pastor, professor, and court chaplain, Emanuel Swedenborg first became a scientist and mining engineer. Of brilliant intellect and wide-ranging interests, he explored many areas of nature, doing pioneering work in several fields. In 1743 he began to experience a series of visions of the spiritual world. Over subsequent years he maintained that he held conversations with angels, the departed, and even God, and that he had visited heaven and hell. Swedenborg penned a lengthy series of writings inspired by these encounters, based on the concept of a spiritual cosmos as model for the physical, an educative view of the afterlife, and the allegorical interpretation of Scripture. In 1774 the small Church of the New Jerusalem was founded explicitly on the basis of his revelations. Swedenborg's influence has been much wider than its membership. His teachings entered American culture generally through the popularity of several of his books and his impact on Spiritualism and the New England Transcendentalists.

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