Boehme, Jakob (1575-1624), German theosophist
and mystic, born in Altseidenberg, Silesia. His surname is also spelled
Boehm or Behmen. He received only an elementary education but was an assiduous
student of the Bible and the works of the Swiss alchemist and physician
Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus. Apprenticed to a shoemaker in his youth,
Boehme later opened his own shop in Görlitz, Saxony (Sachsen).
From an early age he believed that he saw
visions, and throughout his life he claimed to be divinely inspired. About
1612 he wrote Die Morgenröte im Aufgang (The Morning Redness Arising),
in which he recorded his visions and expounded the attributes of God. The
manuscript, which was published in 1634 under the title
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