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Jakob Boehme
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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