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Swedenborg Foundation Releases New Century Edition Title "Last Judgment / Supplements" by Emanuel Swedenborg


Swedenborg Foundation Releases New Century Edition Title "Last Judgment / Supplements" by Emanuel Swedenborg

Renowned eighteenth-century scientist and spiritual visionary Emanuel Swedenborg wrote about the greatly-debated Bible references to a Last Judgment in two short works published separately in 1758 and 1763. Now, for the first time, his intriguing writings on the subject drawn from his mystical journeys to the spiritual world are available in one volume.

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WEST CHESTER, Pa., Sept. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Swedenborg Foundation's newest title of 2018 is now available. "Last Judgment / Supplements" joins two of Emanuel Swedenborg's revelatory writings about "the end times" referenced in the Bible, which were first published separately in the mid-eighteenth century. This latest release from the New Century Edition series offers readers a modern translation of Swedenborg's firsthand mystical accounts of a Last Judgment he claims to have witnessed in the spiritual world.

In "Last Judgment," first published in 1758, Swedenborg explains that history can be divided into a series of spiritual ages or churches. At the end of each age, evil threatens to overwhelm both the earthly and the spiritual worlds, and the Lord restores balance between good and evil with a Last Judgment. The Last Judgment Swedenborg says he witnessed applied only to the souls of people who had lived since the time of Christ up until 1757, and he describes that reformation of the spiritual world as allowing humanity to enter the next age with a new understanding of religion. He goes on to describe how various types of people were judged, a theme he continues in the 1763 short work "Supplements."

The new spiritual age that Swedenborg saw emerging during his lifetime is one of the foundational themes in his theology (a theme he explores more deeply in his later work, "Revelation Unveiled," which is a commentary on the book of Revelation). In "Supplements," Swedenborg succinctly introduces his understanding of the connection between heaven and earth and of how that connection plays out over the course of human history.

"Last Judgment / Supplements" is available in paperback for $6.99 and e-book editions for $1.

Author: Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) was a Swedish nobleman widely known as a scientist, engineer, inventor, and (in later life) visionary theologian. A graduate of Uppsala University, he spent most of his career as an overseer on Sweden's Board of Mines, and he was also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and an active member of the Swedish parliament. He is best known for his prolific theological writings, which he produced and published following a spiritual awakening in his mid-fifties, and for the substantial influence those works have had on philosophical thought and spiritual/religious movements in the centuries since his death.

Translator: George F. Dole holds a BA from Yale, an MA from Oxford, and a PhD from Harvard. Now professor emeritus, Dr. Dole taught ancient languages, the Bible, and theology at the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, Massachusetts.

Translator: Jonathan S. Rose is the series editor of the New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg. Holder of a BA and an MDiv in religion and an MA and a PhD in Latin, he has worked for years in the study of Neo-Latin and in Swedenborgian research.

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.

About the Swedenborg Foundation

The Swedenborg Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent, educational organization that explores faith and spirituality based on the prolific writings left behind by eighteenth-century spiritual explorer Emanuel Swedenborg. In addition to book publishing, the Foundation also produces a highly-rated weekly webcast called Swedenborg & Life on the offTheLeftEye YouTube channel and generates content for multiple social media communities and two blogs for spiritual seekers and academic scholars.


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