An Early English Anthology of Bohme's "Theosophick" Writings Bohme, Jakob [1575-1624]. [Taylor, Edward (c.1642-17290, Editor]. Jacob Behmen's Theosophick Philosophy Unfolded; In Divers Considerations and Demonstrations, Shewing the Verity and Utility of the Several Doctrines or Propositions Contained in the Writings of that Divinely Instructed Author. Also, the Principal Treatises of the Said Author Abridged. And Answers Given to the Remainder of the 177 Theosophick Questions, Propounded by the Said Jacob Behmen, Which were Left Unanswered by Him at the Time of His Death. As a Help Towards the Better Understanding the Old and New Testament. Also What Man is With Respect to Time and Eternity. Being an Open Gate to the Greatest Mysteries. With a Short Account of the Life of Jacob Behmen. London: Printed for Tho. Salusbury, 1691. [vi], 434,  pp. Second and third signatures bound in reverse order. Portrait frontispiece lacking. Quarto (8" x 6"). Contemporary paneled sheep, raised bands to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities, a few small scuffs to boards, chipping to spine ends, front board partially detached but secure, rear joint just starting at ends, corners lightly bumped. Armorial bookplate of the Earl of Macclesfield to front pastedown. Offsetting to margins, light foxing in a few places. A sound copy of a scarce treatise. $750. * Only edition. This edition of Boehm's writings in translation marks an important chapter in the English reception of Boehm's writings. A German mystic and self-taught theologian, he believed that humanity had fallen from a state of divine grace to its present state of sin and suffering, that the forces of evil included fallen angels who had rebelled against God. On these points he is consistent with Lutheran Theology. Boehme believed, however, that the fall from grace was a necessary stage in the evolution of the universe. It was necessary for humanity to depart from God in order initiate an evolution toward a new state of redeemed harmony that would be more perfect than the original state of innocence. God would thus achieve a new self-awareness by interacting with a creation that was both part of, and distinct from, Himself. English Short-Title Catalogue R21858.
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