Emanuel Swedenborg: Invitation to the New Church

(ca. 1760–1772)

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About the Author

Emanuel Swedberg was born in Stockholm on January 29, 1688, the son of Jesper Swedberg, a Lutheran clergyman who later became a bishop. Educated at Uppsala University, the young Swedberg manifested initial interest in science and engineering, drawing up plans for a submarine and a glider aircraft; a model based on his design for the latter is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1716 he was appointed to a position on the Royal Swedish Board of Mines, later...