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Böhme, Jakob (1575–1624)

  1. Wendell Johnson

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0168

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Johnson, W. 2011. Böhme, Jakob (1575–1624). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


A German Lutheran mystic and pantheist, Jakob Böhme was born in Alt-Seidelberg (near Görlitz in Silesia) in 1575. Böhme's parents (Jakob and Ursula) apprenticed him to a shoemaker in Görlitz, where he became a master cobbler in 1599. He prospered in his trade and married Katharina Kuntzschmann, the daughter of a master butcher. The union produced four sons and two daughters.


  • Böhme, Jakob (1575–1624);
  • German lutheran mystic, pantheist;
  • issue of theodicy;
  • Böhme, adhering to orthodox tenets of incarnation;
  • concept of “nothing” or das nichts;
  • Böhme's cosmogony, from his trinitarianism