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Using the spiritual sense of words and phrases can open up the meaning of the Bible

In many books of the Bible, the words and phrases of the text have specific, symbolic spiritual meanings. This symbolism is quite evident in some places, as in the early chapters of Genesis, and more arcane in others - but it's there, and it's important. In his theological works, Emanuel Swedenborg published a very thorough, analytical explanation of the Bible's inner, spiritual sense. Swedenborg says that in the original languages, especially ancient Hebrew, the meaning is so deep that every letter of every word contributes, painting a spiritual picture of heaven itself. We know the Bible's major spiritual themes, and we know the spiritual meaning of many specific words and ideas. By putting those pieces in place we can start to get a picture of what the true meaning might be, and the effort of doing so engages our minds and - ideally - opens us to the leading of the Lord. So if you are wondering about the meaning of specific words, you can look them up here in our library of explained keywords.