The Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg

A new philosophy for a new church in a new world


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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, engineer and philosopher who spent his last three decades writing theological works, both Biblical interpretation and more philosophical works on the nature of God, humanity, reality, and life after death.

We offer his major works here (see links in the left column. Or, if you would like to search/sort by language, here's a link to help you do that. You will see translations in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, German and Korean.

If you don't see a particular work offered in your preferred language, make sure to check our More Swedenborg Translations page where we have collected an additional 70 translations in a wide variety of languages. The translations are readable and searchable here while they wait in the queue to be imported and connected to the site's Scripture study features.

For Latin scholars and those interested in comparing and studying translations, the original Latin of each work is also available throughout the site.

Swedenborg wrote that he was allowed to visit heaven and hell and talk to people there, gaining insight into the spiritual plane of existence. He also said that what he wrote came directly from the Lord, and that it was revealed to him so that the Lord could establish a new Christian church in the world, correcting errors that had arisen in the Christian churches at that day. Despite these extraordinary claims, Swedenborg himself lived humbly, avoided public speaking, and stuck to publishing books, making no attempt to organize a church.

This site is being created to share those theological works and ideas drawn from them, so people can see and judge for themselves the nature of the insight Swedenborg had.

If you're new to Swedenborg, here are some works you might consider tackling first.

“Heaven and Hell”: This offers a unique and detailed vision of life after death, with people choosing heaven or hell based on the things they love most in life.

“Arcana Coelestia (Heavenly Secrets)”: This 12-volume work offers a phrase-by-phrase analysis of the symbolic spiritual meaning of Genesis and Exodus. It's a large undertaking, but if you want to understand the Old Testament, it is a treasure trove.

“Conjugial Love”: This describes how male and female minds and spirits are designed to interlock, creating a whole that is truly human. Some modern readers struggle with its being written from a male perspective, but one can see through the 18th-century language to embrace a vision of eternal marriage as the source of all joy in heaven.

“Divine Love and Wisdom”: If you're into science, this could have definite appeal. The most philosophical book of the Writings, it starts with the premise that the Lord is love itself and traces the impact of that idea on spiritual reality, physical reality and the relationship of God and humanity.

“Divine Providence”: This work describes how the Lord operates into our lives, keeping us in freedom while working constantly to draw us toward love and heaven.

For a complete and detailed list of Swedenborg's works and the translations of each that are available on this site, please take a look at our bibliography of Swedenborg's theological works.

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Project News:


Over 100,000! April 15, 2017:

We just topped the 100,000 visits/month level for the first time, on Easter Sunday!


Easter Commentary April 14, 2017:

In time for Easter, we have added three commentaries by New Christian writers: 1) The Miracles of Jesus Christ, by Rev. John Clowes 2) The Parables of Jesus Christ Explained, by Rev. John Clowes 3) The Path, by Rev. Geoffrey Childs.


Precepts - Round-Tripped April 1, 2017:

We just posted a cleaned-up version of Precepts of the Decalog, a draft outline that Swedenborg wrote in preparation for his 1763 work, Doctrine of the Lord. Here's the link: Precepts of the Decalog.


Monthly visits: 98,000+ April 13, 2017:

We're closing in on the 100,000 visits/month level! It will be fun to achieve that goal.


Explaining the Word March 30, 2017:

We've been adding a bunch of Bible Study commentary to our on-deck circle. Some of it is old, but it's good, and we wanted to make sure you knew it was there. Here's the link: Online Books.


Growing! March 27, 2017:

We welcomed more than 94,000 visitors for the last 30 days; it's more good growth! We're glad you're all finding our site, and we hope you're getting good ideas that you can put to use in your lives. Thanks for visiting, and come back soon!


Cleanup of Latin TCR March 20, 2017:

We just finished a major cleanup/round-trip of the Latin text of Vera Christiana Religio, or, in English, True Christian Religion (TCR). This was Swedenborg's capstone theological work, and with a clean, exportable Latin foundation, future translators will be able to work much faster.


Dear Google, Please Index... March 13, 2017:

We just created new, bigger, better sitemaps to help Google, Bing and other search engines crawl and index the site. We've submitted more than 17 million distinct pages, now, and we're excluding most of the side-by-side comparison pages.


2 Round-trips for Divine Love March 13, 2017:

We just re-processed two English translations of Swedenborg's drafted-but-not-published work, De Divino Amore (Divine Love). They now have links to Bible verses, cross references, and active footnotes.


Over 90,000 Visitors a Month!March 6, 2017:

We just topped the 90,000 visitors/month threshold.


Old Testament Parables? March 3, 2017:

Rev. Edward Craig Mitchell explained 47 Old Testament Parables, in the light of New Christian thought, and... we just imported his explanations. You can find them in the stories table here.


Another German translation! February 27, 2017:

We've imported another German translation of one of Swedenborg's works: "Der Verkehr der Seele und Leib". That makes 2 works fully imported and linked up, and another 13(!) available as .pdf files.


What's the Inner Meaning of the Book of Deuteronomy? February 23, 2017:

We've now added chapter and verse-level explanations for the Book of Deuteronomy. These are from a book by Alexander Payne, "A STUDY OF THE INTERNAL OR SPIRITUAL SENSE OF THE FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED DEUTERONOMY", published in London, in 1881.


Leviticus and Numbers Explained February 17, 2017:

We've just imported chapter and verse-level explanations of the inner meaning of the books of Leviticus and Numbers. These are from two books by Rev. Henry MacLagan, published in London, in 1912 and 1913.


Want to see the Greek? Or the Hebrew? February 16, 2017:

We've added a dynamic link at the bottom of the Study Slider, to qBible, one of the best places online to get back to the source languages of the Word.


Gospels of Mark and Luke - Explained! January 28, 2017:

We just imported commentaries on the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke, by Rev. John Clowes. They were written in the mid 1800s in England. Clowes was one of the leading Anglican and Swedenborgian theologians of his day.


Portuguese UI January 25, 2017:

We deployed a Portuguese interface for the site. That's good for the 215 million Portuguese speakers of the world; they now have the Bible and Swedenborg's works available AND a comfortable language for finding their way around the site. Try it out!


German UI January 25, 2017:

It's "user interface news" day: We just posted a UI for German-speakers, too. Here it is.


Multi-lingual Bible Book Names January 20, 2017:

We just added the names of books of the Word in many languages, so now a reader in, say, French, sees Genèse instead of Genesis, in menus and navigation buttons. More details here.


Rev. William Woofenden Sermons Imported January 19, 2017:

We posted around 50 more sermons by the late Rev. William Woofenden. Bill Woofenden was one of the leading lights of the General Convention branch of the New Church, and his sermons are rich with references to the Word. More details here.


"Divine Love" in Swedish January 18, 2017:

We just imported a Swedish translation of "Divine Love". Have a look: Den Gudomliga kärleken


Latin again! January 11, 2016:

We round-tripped the Latin edition of Heaven and Hell, or "De Coelo et De Inferno", added links and sorted out footnotes. It's much cleaner than what we had before. In case you want to brush up on your Latin!


Half a million unique visitors! December 19, 2016:

In the last 12 months, we've welcomed 500,000 unique visitors! See more details here.


Christmas Stories on the home page December 15, 2016:

Check out the selection of Christmas stories and art and commentary from our home page.


Christmas Readings December 15, 2016:

Enjoy these Christmas Readings compiled by the Glenview New Church.


We've just added a Spanish translation of "About the Word", Sobre La Palabra. December 12, 2016:

Here's a link: Sobre La Palabra.


We've just posted a PDF of a Japanese translation of Divine Love and Wisdom! November 23, 2016:

This is the second Japanese translation of one of Swedenborg's works available on our site. More to follow! Here's a link: 神の愛と知恵.


Conjugial Love... now available in French. November 21, 2016:

Here's a link: L'Amour Conjugal.


Divine Love and Wisdom... the French translation. Online! November 16, 2016:

Swedenborg published 18 theological works. We've found 14 French translations, so far. Here's the 12th: Du Divin Amour et de la Divine Sagesse


Latin, the touchstone. November 16, 2016:

Here's a link to a newly tidied, linked up original Latin text of De Divina Providentia.


Divine Providence, in French. Online! November 8, 2016:

Here's our 11th French translation of one of Swedenborg's works: La Divine Providence.


Make that 10 French translations. October 26, 2016:

Here's the 4th of "Les Quatres Doctrines": La Doctrine de la Scripture Sainte.


French - C'est la Vie! October 24, 2016:

We just imported "La Doctrine de la Vie", the 9th French work to be all linked up to La Parole" - the Word - and searchable in our system.

French - Quelle est la vraie foi? October 21, 2016:

We just imported "La Doctrine de la Foi" par Swedenborg.


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