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Jakob Böhme (1575–1624)

Böhme, Jakob (bė’me). A German mystic theologian; born in Altseidenberg, in the Oberlausitz, 1575; died in Görlitz, Nov. 17, 1624. He was a peasant’s son and learned the shoemaker’s trade; but his lack of early advantages was recompensed by the heavenly illuminations with which he was favored, and which are set forth in about twenty books,—among them ‘Aurora, or the Sunrise’ (1612). He was very widely read at one time, and still has devoted adherents. But he himself acknowledges the obscurity of his writings.