This book, not
published in Emanuel Swedenborg's lifetime, presents in a short but nevertheless
detailed form some key revelations concerning the Word of the Lord. In
it Swedenborg discusses the natural and spiritual sense of the Word and
the concept of correspondences. He also shows that the myths and legends
common in Greek and other ancient literature had their origins in this
how Swedenborg starts the section of the book on The Spiritual Sense of
Every single thing in nature has a correspondence with spiritual things.
The same is true of every single part of the human body, as may be seen
demonstrated in two chapters of my book on Heaven and Hell. But today it
is not known what correspondence is. However, in the most ancient times
the knowledge of correspondences was the queen of sciences, and so
universally known that the most ancient people wrote all their tablets
and books by means of correspondences. The myths of the earliest peoples
were the same, as were the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians. The Book of
Job, which was a book of the ancient church, is full of correspondences.