Rebecca Esterson is Assistant Professor in Sacred Texts and Traditions and Dorothea Harvey Professor of  Swedenborgian Studies. She is also the co-editor of the journal Teaching Theology and Religion, which is published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. She earned her PhD from the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University, her Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a visiting graduate student. After receiving her master’s degree, she worked at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions where she was able to further develop her interest in comparative studies and interfaith learning. Her teaching and research interests include: Swedenborgian thought and theology, the history of biblical interpretation, hermeneutics, Jewish-Christian relations, interreligious pedagogy, eighteenth century intellectual culture, and comparative religious studies.

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Select Publications

“Allegory and Religious Pluralism: Biblical Interpretation in the Eighteenth Century,” in Journal of the Bible and Its Reception (De Gruyter, 2018): 111–139.

“What do the Angels Say? Alterity and the Ascents of Emanuel Swedenborg and the Baal Shem Tov,” in Open Theology, vol. 4, no. 1 (De Gruyter, 2018): 414-421.

Scholarly Blogs:

·         Did Swedenborg Study Kabbalah? (In two Parts) Swedenborg Foundation:

·         Swedenborg and the Present-Day Apocalypse in Blake’s “The Everlasting Gospel”