Secrets of Heaven
Volume 1: Genesis 1-8
Author : Emanuel Swedenborg
Translator : Lisa Hyatt Cooper
Format : Deluxe paperback. Includes an introduction that places the work in its historical context, annotations explaining obscure references within the text, indexes, bibliographies, and other reference material.
Series : New Century Edition
Secrets of Heaven is a verse-by-verse exposition of Genesis and Exodus, showing the correspondences (connections through symbol between the material and spiritual world) in which, according to Swedenborg?s analysis, the Bible is written. Each chapter includes embedded sections describing Swedenborg?s spiritual experiences and expounding his theological views.
This book series is Swedenborg?s largest and in many ways most challenging title, but it contains abundant points of interest to reward the
adventurous reader. In addition to a deep exploration of biblical inner meaning, it presents Swedenborg?s transcendent visions of heaven and
correspondingly horrific views of hell; his reports on the process of dying and entering life after death; his spiritual anthropology (specifically, his
descriptions of the spiritual state of the earliest people); and his views on many other topics, including the correspondences of the organs and
systems of the human body, the theory of a higher and more perfect level of memory above our conscious memory, the existence and nature of
human life on other planets, the dual nature of visions and dreams, and the nature of the human mind and its developmental stages.
Volume 1 covers Genesis 1?8, in which Swedenborg describes the inner meaning of the creation story, the fall of Adam and Eve, and Noah?s
deliverance from the flood. He understands the days of creation as an image of the stages of human spiritual transformation; Adam and Eve as
symbols for the earliest ancient ?church,? a people who eventually fell away from God; and Noah as a symbol of the good individuals who were
spared from the evil thinking that flooded human minds during that decline. Interspersed with Swedenborg?s explorations of these narratives are his
accounts of stages in the transition to the afterlife. He also describes the nature of the soul after death and the joy experienced in heaven, before
concluding with descriptions of hell.
"With regard to Swedenborg's Secrets of Heaven, there never was a time more pressing than now to understand that the
internal spiritual meaning of the Christian Bible refers not to the special dispensation of one sect, but to the evolution of a higher spiritual
consciousness within each individual." Eugene Taylor, Ph.D., director of the Cambridge Institute of Psychology and Religion.