Oberlin's Namesake: John Frederick Oberlin (1740-1826)

Representation of the Seven Worlds ...

"Representation of the Seven Worlds, as revealed to Dr. Pordage, an Englishman, and several other believers in different places and ages" (English translation)

This work on paper by J. F. Oberlin is his representation in watercolor and ink with accompanying descriptive text of metaphysical ideas on physical and spiritual realms of existence. He created this work in about 1782. His direct source was John Pordage (1607-1681), an English astronomer, Christian mystic and follower of Jacob Boehme (1575-1624). The “other believers in different places and ages” includes Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), whose writings greatly influenced Oberlin. The work is a summary of complex theological and philosophical concepts in visual and textual terms. It may have been a teaching tool for his advanced students or pastoral staff.

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