The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg

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True Christianity, Volume 2 (New Century Edition)
By Emanuel Swedenborg

About the NCE

The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg is a modern-language, scholarly translation of the theological works of one of the world's most extraordinary visionaries.  It is a consistent, integral presentation for twenty-first-century readers, scholars, and seekers.

The NCE removes the barriers to understanding imposed by the ponderous, Latinate translations of the past.  The NCE's easy-to-read translations, retaining the dignity, variety, clarity, and gender-inclusive language of Swedenborg's original Latin, bring Swedenborg's thought to life, making it accessible at various levels of study and interest.

This translation project is the first to be undertaken by a single publisher and team of translators employing unified standards of translation and scholarship.  Contextualizing prefaces and annotations by eminent, international scholars enable readers to trace Swedenborg's influence as never before.

Swedenborg's illustrative insights, describing his experience and conversations in the spiritual realm over more than a quarter-century, have long drawn the world's attention.  Yet, despite his familiarity with otherworldly experiences, Swedenborg's theology is firmly grounded in everyday life.  Only through an active, useful, and loving life on earth, he said, can we be regenerated and brought to knowledge of the Divine.

Scope and Purpose of the Translation

The Swedenborg Foundation is undertaking this project of international scope to illuminate Swedenborg's role in the history of Western thought.  The bedrock of the New Century Edition is a completely fresh, English translation of Swedenborg's theological works that makes them accessible to students and scholars alike.

Internationally known scholars preface each individual work, placing it in its eighteenth-century context.  The easy-to-read, annotated NCE:

  1. brings Swedenborg's thought to life for all readers and researchers, even those with no background in Swedenborg or the eighteenth century;
  2. speaks to readers in contemporary, accessible, gender-inclusive language;
  3. conveys the richness of Swedenborg's original prose styles and the beauty of his original design;
  4. integrates seminal work in the field of Neo-Latin;
  5. allows the influence of Swedenborgian thought in literature, art, architecture, music, psychology, philosophy, science, and theology to be traced as never before.

The NCE Publishing Standards and Schedule

Nineteen titles, in twenty-six volumes of translation and one introductory volume, are scheduled for publication before 2015.  In deluxe hardcover binding, its large pages are embellished with Swedenborg's original ornaments and set in two-color, Garamond typeface.

NCE Scholars and Translators

Lisa Hyatt Cooper has three decades of experience as a translator and editor of Swedenborg's theological works.

George F. Dole, currently professor emeritus, taught ancient languages, the Bible, and theology at the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, MA. 

Jonathan S. Rose, NCE series editor, translator and annotator, has worked for years in the study of Neo-Latin and in Swedenborgian research.

Stuart Shotwell, managing editor of the NCE series, is an independent scholar and freelance editor who has over twenty years of experience in the publishing field.

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