Jacob Boehme’s Aurora (Morgen Röte im auffgang, 1612) exercised a vast open or underground influence on popular and mystical religion, poetry, and philosophy from Germany to England to Russia. This beautiful and highly original work containing elements of alchemical, esoteric, and anticlerical thought is a portal to the cultural, scientific, and theological currents on the eve of the Thirty Years' War. Its author heralded the new heliocentrism, opposed intolerance and religious conflict, and entertained an ecstatic vision of order reconciled with freedom. This first modern English translation places the translated text opposite an edition of the German manuscript from the author’s own hand. Also included is the brief, influential Fundamental Report (Gründlicher Bericht, 1620) in a critical edition and translation. An extensive commentary that cites documents of the time offers access to the sources of Boehme’s themes and concepts.
Andrew Weeks is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Illinois State University. He has published intellectual biographies of Jacob Boehme, Paracelsus, Valentin Weigel, a history of German mysticism, and translations of the writings of Weigel and Paracelsus. Günther Bonheim has a doctorate in German from the University of Aachen. He has published widely, directed the Jacob Böhme Institute, and played a leading role in preparations for a complete critical edition.
will quickly become a must-have book for all those interested in esotericism. There is no better edition of the highly influential Aurora, whose English translation places the translated text opposite to an edition of the German manuscript from the author’s own hand, and the Gründlicher Bericht, offered in a critical edition and translation, is normally hard to come by. Yet they represent the very cornerstone of Böhme’s thought. -
Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR.
Of interest to students of early modern history, intellectual and scientific history, Reformation and Renaissance Studies, German history and literature, Baroque culture, philosophy, religious history, esoteric studies, and mystical religion.