This allegorical retelling of the biblical creation story blends science, poetic understanding, and the spiritual revelations of Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). Starting with the creation of the earth from the substance of the universe, Swedenborg takes the reader through the formation of plants, animals, and finally human beings. Swedenborg puts particular emphasis on the spiritual nature of Adam and Adam's marriage to Eve. Although not considered one of Swedenborg's theological works, this book was written just prior to his visionary period and contains the seeds of many of his later ideas.
This edition is a reprint of a 1914 English translation by A. H. Stroh and F. Sewall.
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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, nobleman, and theologian who spent his life investigating the mysteries of the soul. Born in Stockholm to a staunchly Lutheran family, he graduated from the University of Uppsala and then traveled to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study the leading scientists of the time. He gained favor with Sweden’s King Charles XII, who gave him the position of overseer of the Swedish mining industry. Later, he was given a seat on the Swedish House of Nobles by Charles XII’s successor, Queen Ulrika Eleonora. Between 1743 and 1745 he began to have visions of heaven, hell, and Jesus Christ which resulted in a stream of books about the nature of God, the afterlife, and the inner meaning of the Bible. He devoted the last decades of his life to studying Scripture and presenting his own unique theology to the world.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
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Book Description University of Chicago press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0877852979
Book Description London : The Swedenborg Society, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. iv, 292 p. ; 20 cm During and following his spiritual crisis, Swedenborg began writing The Worship and Love of God. This work, a drama written in poetic language showing the influence of Ovid, tells the story of the first chapters of Genesis: the Creation, and the first days of Adam and Eve. In subject matter The Worship and Love of God points towards the biblical exegesis he would soon undertake; in style it harkens back to his first literary pursuits as a poet; and in the lengthy footnotes that run throughout the text is contained the knowledge Swedenborg gleaned from his scientific, philosophical and anatomical studies. One footnote alone, in which he described the formation of the firmament (the stars beyond our solar system) particularly impressed S T Coleridge, who commented ‘Note (b) would of itself suffice to mark Swedenborg as a man of philosophic genius, radicative and evolvent’. The book marks the change in Swedenborg's life from that of the scientist to that of a seer. Bookseller Inventory # PGSWED54