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Jeff Bach

“All that is to endure in God must be free from its own will,” wrote Jacob Boehme in Six Mystical Points , around 1620. “Its will must be unified in God so that God and the human will and spirit are one.” When the human will seeks its own will, it is alienated from God. “Out of the contrary will

Lucinda Martin

Jacob Boehme, Aurora ( Morgen Röte im auffgang , 1612). With a translation, introduction, and commentary by Andrew Weeks, and Fundamental Report ( Gründlicher Bericht, Mysterium Pansophicum , 1620), edited by Günter Bonheim. Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers 2013. 839 pp. ISBN

Mike A. Zuber

between natural philosophy and Christian devotion by drawing upon Johann Arndt (1555–1621) and, though largely unacknowledged, Jacob Boehme (1575–1624). Trained as a Paracelsian physician rather than a theologian, Arndt went on to become the most widely read writer of devotional literature and is


Peter Malekin

i . Introduction: Modern Views on the Subject To establish the precise nature and extent of Jacob Boehme’s influence on William Law is no easy task. In his old age Law came to be regarded by most of his contemporaries as lost in “the reveries of Jacob Behmen”, 1 his “vigorous mind … clouded by

The Broken Tradition

Uncovering Errors in the Correspondence of Jacob Böhme

Leigh Penman

Wegbereiter der Zürcher Pietismus?’ Pietismus und Neuzeit 39 (2013): 117–149. Defoort, Filips, ‘Jacob Boehme (1575–1624) on Predestination, Providence, and Free Will,’ in Fate, Providence and Moral Responsibility in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Thought . Edited by Pieter d’ Hoine & Gerd van


Michael Birkel

Over the centuries, Quakers have read non-Quakers regarded as mystics. This study explores the reception of mystical texts among the Religious Society of Friends, focusing in particular on Robert Barclay and John Cassian, Sarah Lynes Grubb and Jeanne Guyon, Caroline Stephen and Johannes Tauler, Rufus Jones and Jacob Boehme, and Teresina Havens and Buddhist texts selected by her. Points of connection include the nature of apophatic prayer, suffering and annihilation of self, mysticisms of knowing and of loving, liberal Protestant attitudes toward theosophical systems, and interfaith encounter.

DE TRIBUS PRINCIPIIS, oder Beschreibung der Drey Principien Göttliches Wesens

Of the Three Principles of Divine Being, 1619, by Jacob Boehme


Andrew Weeks and Leigh Penman

Jacob Boehme’s Of the Three Principles of Divine Being, 1619, is vital for understanding his work as a whole, its relationship to its epoch, and its role in intellectual history. Reproduced here using the methods of critical edition, the original of the work and its adjacent translation, together with an extensive introduction and commentary, provide unprecedented access to this essential work of early modern thought and cast a fresh light on the revolutionary theological, philosophical, and scientific developments coinciding with the start of the Thirty Years’ War.

The 1730 edition is annotated with reference to the manuscript sources to clarify ambiguities so that the translation can interpret the text without refracting its meaning. This makes it possible to interpret Boehme’s complex theories of the origin of the divine being and of nature, the human creature, and the female aspect of divinity.