The Curious Case of Balaam and His Talking Donkey - Swedenborg & Life Live


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Could a donkey really speak in human language? We'll explore the spiritual framework of verbal animals, the ancient practice of soothsaying, and teach you how to hear the talking donkey in your own mind. This is an audio-only version of video-based show, and the podcast may contain references to visuals from the original episode. Watch this episode on YouTube:


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“Swedenborg & Life LIVE” is a web series that explores concepts from Emanuel Swedenborg’s eighteenth-century spiritual interpretations of the Bible and presents them to a modern-day audience. The live show airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST during “Swedenborg & Life” off weeks. offTheLeftEye is brought to you by the Swedenborg Foundation—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent, educational organization for those seeking to explore spirituality and faith. Learn more at


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Curtis Childs is the director of OffTheLeftEye at the Swedenborg Foundation. While obtaining his degree in communication studies from Oakland University, Curtis experienced an internal battle with depression that led him to question God and his lifelong interest in Swedenborgian theology. After a period of intense suffering, he recovered from his depression with the help of modern medicine, therapy, and a return to the spiritually uplifting messages he found in Swedenborg’s writings. Now, Curtis is applying his education and desire to help others find peace through Swedenborg’s insights by producing and hosting this weekly webcast.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan S. Rose is the series editor of the New Century Edition, an ongoing project that incorporates the latest scholarship to produce a modern, accessible translation of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological works. Holder of a B.A. and a M.Div. in religion and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Latin, he has worked for years in the study of Neo-Latin and in Swedenborgian research. He was both chaplain and a tenured professor of religion and sacred languages at Bryn Athyn College before taking on his current position with the Swedenborg Foundation.


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