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  • Divine Love and Wisdom: New Century Edition

    By Emanuel Swedenborg
    Translated by George F. Dole

    One of Swedenborg’s most popular works, this volume describes a loving God who is equally present with all people on earth–regardless of race or religion–and explores the underlying unity of all living things. Read more

    Deluxe hardcover, 842 pages (This volume includes both Divine Love and Wisdom and Divine Providence in a single Deluxe hardcover edition.)

    Deluxe paperback, 352 pages

    Portable paperback and e-book, 224 pages

    The New Century Edition is printed in two different editions:

    Deluxe Edition

    Contains all of the introductions, notes, and supplemental materials. Divine Love and Wisdom is available as a deluxe hardcover and paperback.

    Hardcover* $29.95Paperback $14.95Kindle $2.99Free EPUB

    *This volume includes both Divine Love and Wisdom and Divine Providence in a single Deluxe hardcover edition.

    Portable Edition

    Smaller paperbacks that include the complete text of the translations, but none of the introductions, notes, or other supplemental materials.

    Paperback $9.95Audio DownloadKindle $1.00Free PDFFree EPUB

Product Description

In addition to discussing the nature of God, Divine Love and Wisdom examines the purpose of creation as well as the relationship between the physical and spiritual worlds. One of its unusual features is an extended exploration of the way the heart and lungs in the human body relate symbolically to the faculties of love and wisdom in the heart and mind. The most purely philosophical title of Swedenborg’s later theological works, Divine Love and Wisdom is also the one with the strongest affinities to modern secular discourse—that is to say, it develops theological concepts for the most part without reference to the Bible.

About the Author

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.


George F. Dole holds a BA from Yale, an MA from Oxford, and a PhD from Harvard. Now professor emeritus, Dr. Dole taught ancient languages, the Bible, and theology at the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Freedom and Evil, Sorting Things Out, and A Book about Us. He lives in Bath, Maine.


Divine Love and Wisdom” contains many rare treasures, not only for seekers of spiritual truth, but also for scientists exploring the reach and nature of human consciousness. There are few books that I would praise so highly.”

—Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., host, Thinking Allowed

Divine Love and Wisdom contains Swedenborg’s major statement on two fundamental aspects of God’s nature. These two basic cosmic forces intimately determine our life as human beings. “Love” denotes the vital, valuing, and active powers of the soul, deciding the ultimate goals of our thought and action. “Wisdom,” by contrast, represents the cognitive power of the soul, providing the technical means for these goals’ realization. Swedenborg’s work shows how God is love and life itself, bestowing these gifts on all other creatures. This highly readable New Century Edition in George Dole’s sensitive translation admirably reflects the coherence and consistency of Swedenborg’s language, while Gregory Johnson’s introductory essay on Swedenborg’s Metaphysics of Creation offers a comprehensive guide to this important theological work.”

—Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

About the New Century Edition

The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg presents a modern-language, scholarly translation of Swedenborg’s theological works. The series’ easy-to-read style retains the dignity, variety, clarity, and gender-inclusive language of Swedenborg’s original Latin, bringing his thought to life. Introductions and annotations by eminent, international scholars place Swedenborg’s writings in their historical context and illuminate obscure references within the text, enabling readers to understand and trace Swedenborg’s influence as never before.

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Additional Information


Emanuel Swedenborg


George F. Dole

Foreword / Introduction by

Gregory R. Johnson


deluxe hardcover, deluxe paperback, portable paperback, portable e-book, portable audio book


978-0-87785-480-7 deluxe hc, 978-0-87785-481-4 deluxe pb, 978-0-87785-404-3 portable pb, 978-0-87785-601-6 portable e-book, 978-0-87785-466-1 portable audio book


Deluxe hardcover: 842; Deluxe paperback: 352; Portable: 224


New Century Edition

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