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JACOB BOEHME (1575-1624) was once the son of peasant farmers, a shoemaker via exchange, and had just a rudimentary schooling. One morning, looking at the daylight play on a pewter bowl, he skilled a rare religious illumination, and began writing books. extraordinary books. students on the nice German Universities have been astounded that an unlearned craftsman may perhaps produce works just like the 3 rules of the Divine Essence and The Threefold lifetime of guy. yet Jacob Boehme explains: I by no means wanted to recognize whatever of the Divine secret, less understood I the way in which how one can search or locate it. I sought simply after the center of Jesus Christ... during this my earnest Christian looking and hope, the gate used to be opened unto me, in order that in a single zone of an hour I observed and knew greater than if I have been decades jointly at an University... For I observed and knew the Being of all Beings, the Byss and Abyss; additionally the everlasting new release of the Holy Trinity; the descent, and foundation of this global, and of all creatures, throughout the divine knowledge; I knew and observed in myself the entire 3 Worlds; specifically, the Divine, Angelical, and Paradisical international after which the darkish global, the unique of the character to the fireplace; after which thirdly, the exterior, seen global, being a Procreation, or exterior delivery, from the 2 inner and religious Worlds; and that i observed, and knew the full operating Essence within the evil, and within the stable; and the mutual beginning, and life of every of them; and in addition how the fruitful bearing Womb of Eternity introduced forth... And shortly it got here powerfully into my brain to set an analogous down in writing... therefore now i've got written, now not from the guideline or wisdom bought from males, no longer from the training or interpreting of books; yet i've got written out of my very own booklet which used to be opened in me, being the noble similitude of God, the booklet of the noble and priceless picture (understand God's personal similitude or likeness) used to be bestowed upon me to learn; and therein i've got studied, as a toddler in the home of its mom, which beholdeth what the daddy doth, and in his child-like play doth imitate his father; i've got little need of the other e-book.

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Five B Görlitz round 1600 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 C clash and Polarization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 D Lutheran Insurrections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eight E Pluralism in Görlitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nine F Calendar Reform of 1584 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nine G Bartholomäus Scultetus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 H Abraham Behem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 i am hoping of the yr 1612 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eleven II Boehme’s Vocabulary and Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Lutheran Literary tradition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Lutheran Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1a photograph of God (Gen 1:27) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1b author note (John 1:1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1c Divine Presence (Acts 17:28) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1d Wheels (Ezek 1) and visitors (Mat 22, 25) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1e Grimmigkeit, Fierceness (Ps 90). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1f God as All in All (Eph 1:23) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Language of Lutheran Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2a Election of Grace (Gnaden-Wahl) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2b Divine Omnipresence (Gott überall, allenthalben) . . . . . 2c actual Presence (Wesen, wesentlich) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Paradox of the best and Smallest (Centrum) . . . . . . 2e The Materiality of items (Begreiflichkeit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2f Divinity (Gottheit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . three Lutheran Sermons and Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . thirteen thirteen thirteen 14 14 15 15 15 sixteen 17 17 18 19 20 21 21 21 viii contents 3a Lutheran Homiletic Symbolism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3b Lutheran Homiletic Allegory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3c sunlight Symbolism and Nature as Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3d The Rhetoric of the Ecstatic event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . four Lutheran pop culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4a Darkness and lightweight: Anfechtung and Erleuchtung . . . . . 4b Lay competition to Clerical Quarreling (Zank der Theologen) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Nature Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 typical method as Divine Miracle in accordance with Luther . . . . 2 The Authority of traditional wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . three Astrology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3a Astrology as opposed to Astronomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3b Astrology of Planetary Forces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3c Planetary Virtues in Ptolemy and Boehme . . . . . . . . . . . . 3d Mercury as an excellent Planet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3e Seven features as Tastes or Impulses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3f sun Centrality as image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . four Philosophy as Theology and Alchemy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4a The natural Nature Philosophy of Paracelsus . . . . . . . . . 4b The Peculiarity of Boehme’s Salitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4c Boehme’s Salitter and du Chesne’s Sal Niter . . . . . . . . . . . 4d Boehme’s resource Spirits and du Chesne’s “Æthereall Spirits” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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