Johann Arndt has become well known as a Lutheran devotional writer. He composed extensive sermon collections on the Gospel pericopes of the church year, on the catechism, and on all the Psalms. Above all, his Vier Bücher von warhrem Christentum (Four Books on True Christianity) and
upon these recent findings, the present contribution focuses upon the friendship between Christoph Besold and Johann Valentin Andreae, and seeks to investigate their common interest in a reformation of Christianity that was also in accordance with Johann Arndt’s teaching of inner rebirth. The great
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
Johann Arndt’s Four Books of true Christianity (1605–1610) are certainly one of the most prominent reflections of the early modern crisis of piety as well as one of most successful texts of the era. Translated into most European languages and published in more than 200 editions until the late
Johann Anselm Steiger
Edited by Bo Andersson, Lucinda Martin, Leigh Penman and Andrew Weeks
Jacob Böhme and His World adopts a different perspective. It seeks to demystify Böhme by focusing on aspects of his immediate cultural and social context and the intellectual currents of his time, including Böhme’s writing as literature, the social conditions in Görlitz, Böhme’s correspondence networks, a contemporary “crisis of piety,” Paracelsian and kabbalistic currents, astrology, astronomy and alchemy, and his relationship to other dissenting authors. Relevant facets of reception include Böhme’s philosophical standing, his contributions to pre-Pietism, and early English translations of his works.