by Kurt Nemitz

EARLY LIFE

  • 1688 Born January 29, 1688 in Stockholm Sweden.
  • 1692 Family moves to Uppsala when his father Jesper Swedberg is appointed a Professor of Theology at the university.
  • 1696 Swedenborg’s mother, Sarah Behm Swedberg dies.
  • 1699 Matriculates at Uppsala University.
  • 1703 Jesper Swedberg appointed Bishop of Skara in central Sweden.
  • 1709 Graduates from Uppsala University.

STUDIES ABROAD

  • 1710 Travels to England to study science.
  • 1713 Travels to Holland and France to study science.
  • 1714 Travels to Rostock via Germany to organize his studies.
  • 1715 Returns to Sweden.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • 1716 Appointed to Royal College of Mines.
  • 1716 Publishes first issue of Daedalus Hyperboreus.
  • 1718 Works with Swedish inventor Christopher Polhem.
  • 1719 His father Bishop Jesper Swedberg ennobled and therewith his and his children’s family name changed to Swedenborg.
  • 1721 Publishes first book Chemistry.
  • 1722 Publishes proposal on Sweden’s coinage system.
  • 1723 Recognized as an Assessor of the Royal College of Mines.
  • 1724 Nomination as a full, salaried Assessor approved by the king.

THE PHILOSOPHER

  • 1734 Publishes three-volume Philosophical and Mineralogical Works.
  • 1734 Publishes The Infinite and Final Cause of Creation.
  • 1740 Publishes the first volume of The Economy of the Soul’s Kingdom.
  • 1741 Publishes the second volume of The Economy of the Soul’s Kingdom.
  • 1744 Publishes The Soul’s Kingdom.
  • 1745 Publishes two volumes of The Worship and Love of God.

REVELATOR

  • 1745 Receives a Divine “call”–spiritual sight is opened and communication with those in the hereafter begins.
  • 1747 Resigns from the Royal College of Mines.
  • 1749 Publishes the first volume of Arcana Coelestia.
  • 1756 Publishes the eighth volume of Arcana Coelesia.
  • 1758 Publishes five theological works including Heaven and Hell and The Last Judgment.
  • 1760 Memorial on hard currency presented to the House of Nobles.
  • 1763 Publishes the doctrines of the New Jerusalem: Divine Providence and Divine Love and Wisdom.
  • 1764 Publishes the two volume Apocalypse Revealed.
  • 1768 Publishes Conjugial Love.
  • 1770 Publishes first volume of True Christian Religion.
  • 1771 Publishes second volume of True Christian Religion.
  • 1771 Suffers stroke in London in December.
  • 1772 Dies in London on March 29th.

The journal of the
Swedenborg Scientific Association

Free with membership

The journal publishes articles addressing philosophical questions and topics that bear on the scientific, philosophical, and theological works of Swedenborg.

Includes book reviews, and a Notes & Comments department. Triennial index.

Editor: Reuben Bell