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Böhme, Jakob

(1575–1624). Called Philosophus teutonicus. Ger. theosophist; mystic; shoemaker; b. near Görlitz; d. Görlitz. His theosophy attempts to explain origin of evil. God contains conflicting elements in His nature, harmoniously united; in the universe, which is an emanation of God, these conflicting elements separated, but can be harmoniously reunited through regeneration in Christ. Influenced Hegel, Schelling, and others. His influence spread to Eng., where a disciple, Jane Lead, founded the Philadelphians. Believed in Trinity, Incarnation, Atonement. Subscribed to Luth. Confessions shortly before death. Works include Von den drei Prinzipien des göttlichen Wesens; Aurora oder die Morgenröte im Aufgang; Mysterium Magnum; Der Weg zu Christo. See also Theosophy.

F. Hartmann, The Personal Christianity: Doctrines of Jacob Boehme (New York, 1957).

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