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The Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg

This site by Leon James uses standard abbreviations to Swedenborg's Writings. Most pages contain extensive quotations from many parts of the Writings.

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Books Available Online

True Christian Religion by E. Swedenborg (with hypertext index)
Divine Providence by E. Swedenborg (with hypertext index)
Arcana Coelestia by E. Swedenborg
Divine Love and Wisdom (DLW) by E. Swedenborg (with hypertext index)
The Heavenly City: A Spiritual Guidebook by E. Swedenborg
On Mechanical Tremulation, Vibration in the Body  by E. Swedenborg
Journal of Dreams by E. Swedenborg


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Abbreviations to Books by Swedenborg:

  1. AC: Arcana Coelestia (Full title:  Heavenly Secrets Contained In The Holy Scriptures Or Word Of God Unfolded -- Beginning With The Book Of Genesis Together With Wonderful Things Seen In The World of Spirits And In The Heaven Of Angels
  2. AE: The Apocalypse Explained
  3. AR: The Apocalypse Revealed
  4. BE: A Brief Exposition Of The Doctrine Of The New Church
  5. CJ: Continuation Concerning the Last Judgment
  6. Canons: Canons Of The New Church
  7. Charity: The Doctrine Of Charity
  8. CL: Conjugial Love
  9. DLW: Divine Love And Wisdom
  10. D.Love, D.Wis: On The Divine Love And On The Divine Wisdom
  11. DP: Divine Providence
  12. EU: Earths In The Universe
  13. Faith: The Doctrine Of Faith
  14. HH: Heaven and Hell (Full Title:   Heaven And Its Wonders And Hell--From Things Seen And Heard
  15. I: Invitation To The New Church
  16. ISB: Interaction Of Soul And Body
  17. LJ: The Last Judgment (Full title: Concerning The Last Judgment and Babylon Destroyed--Thus The Fulfilment At This Day Of all the things foretold In The Apocalypse -- From Things Heard and Seen
  18. LJ(Post.): The Last Judgment (Posthumous)
  19. Life: The Doctrine Of Life
  20. Lord: The Doctrine Of The Lord
  21. NJHD: The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine (Alternate English Title: The Heavenly City--A Spiritual Guidebook)
  22. PP: Summaries Of The Internal Sense Of The Prophets And Psalms
  23. SD: The Spiritual Diary (Spiritual Experiences)
  24. SS: The Doctrine of Sacred Scripture
  25. TCR: The True Christian Religion
  26. Tremulations
  27. WH: The White Horse

Brief content description of each title and date available here.

Here is another brief description compiled by Dr. Ian Thmpson:

Primary Theological Works

Arcana Coelestia (sometimes translated as Heavenly Secrets)


An extensive verse by verse explanation of the deeper levels of meaning of Genesis and Exodus describing the spiritual development of a human being and the nature of the Divine. (Published in 12 volumes.)

Spiritual Diary (sometimes called Spiritual Experiences)


The personal notebooks kept by Swedenborg of his experiences in the Spiritual World and reflections upon them. They were unpublished until the mid 1800s.

Heaven and Hell


A description of the structure and phenomena of the Spiritual World.

Earths in the Universe


Conversations Swedenborg had with people in the Spiritual World who said they were from other planets in the universe.

The Last Judgement


Description of events in the Spiritual World preparing the way for the establishment of the New Church.

The White Horse


A brief explanation of the meaning of the white horse with its rider from the Book of Revelation chapter 19 as the Divine truth of the Lord's Word.

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine


A brief summary of the fundamental doctrines of the New Church with extensive references to the Arcana Coelestia for further reading.

The Doctrine of the Lord


A brief work summarizing the teachings about God - His Divinity and Humanity - with extensive references to the Old and New Testaments.

The Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture


A brief work summarizing the teachings on the nature of revelation.

The Doctrine of Life


A brief work describing the qualities which comprise a life of good which leads to heaven.

The Doctrine of Faith


A brief work explaining the nature of faith and its role in the life of regeneration.

A Continuation Concerning the Last Judgement


A continuation describing various erroneous beliefs about the Divine and the path of spiritual development.

Divine Love and Wisdom


A philosophic treatment of creation - how the Divine finited Himself to produce the natural world and the human race.

Divine Providence


A thorough explanation of how the Lord leads people in freedom to become angels in heaven; also, why He allows evils to occur.

Apocalypse Revealed


A two volume, verse by verse treatment of the Book of Revelation.

Conjugial Love (or Marital Love)


An explanation of the sources of love in marriage and a practical guide on how husbands and wives can grow ever closer forming an eternal union.

A Brief Exposition of the Doctrine of the New Church


A point by point comparison of fundamental Catholic and Protestant doctrines with the teachings of the New Church.

Inter-relationship of the Soul and Body


A brief description of the relationship and interaction between the spiritual and natural realms.

True Christian Religion


A comprehensive overview of the fundamental doctrines of the New Church, including the Lord, the Ten Commandments, Faith, Charity, Repentance, Reformation, Regeneration, Holy Supper, Baptism, and the Second Coming.

Primary Scientific and Philosophical Works

Principles of Chemistry


Swedenborg's first effort at explaining creation.

Miscellaneous Observations


A second attempt at explaining creation.

The Principia


Swedenborg's full explanation of creation, including an introduction on the means leading to a true philosophy.

The Infinite and Final Cause of Creation


A philosophical argument for the existence of God based upon the order in nature.

The Economy of the Animate Kingdom


An anatomical work looking at the blood, embryology, etc., seeking an answer as to how the soul operates in the body. This is Swedenborg's first clear articulation of the doctrines of discrete degrees and correspondences.

The Fiber


Contains Swedenborg's doctrine of physical forms.

The Rational Psychology


An exploration of the workings of the mind as a "mixed intellect" between the soul and the "animus."

The Animal Kingdom


A second effort at explaining how the soul operates in the body. Includes material on the five senses and generation.

The Worship and Love of God


An allegorical depiction of creation by God.

Books and Articles About Swedenborg

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