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Sensuous relation with Sophia In christian theosophy

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The biblical texts which mention Sophia, "The Divine Wisdom", have been the object of many commentaries throughout the history of Christianity. Her ontological status is one of the most debated issues in the history of sophiology. Although Christian Theosophy clearly emerged at the beginning of the seventeenth century with Jacob Boehme, an important predecessor in the preceding decades was the German physician and alchemist Heinrich Khunrath. Boehme's visions and speculations bear mostly on Sophia's ontological and cosmosophical role, but he also strongly emphasized the notion of "God's corporeality" When Divine Wisdom is considered as a real person, sophianic devotion appears as a mode of spirituality in which the notions of theosophy and mysticism stricto sensu (mysticism understood as an experience of union between God and a human being) tend to overlap, in so far as in both cases we are dealing with two entities, divine and human.

Keywords: Christian Theosophy; Divine Wisdom; God's corporeality; Heinrich Khunrath; Sophia; sophianic devotion; stricto sensu

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