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This chapter gives an overview of the volume which commemorates the four-hundredth anniversary of an intriguing anomaly of the early modern era: the appearance in manuscript in 1612 and the suppression in 1613 of an enduringly influential writing by the shoemaker Jacob Boehme. This book augments by introducing a new English translation of Morgen Röte or Aurora opposite its original. The social-historical contextualization undertaken here might seem incompatible with the author understood as the mystical mouthpiece of timeless philosophia perennis. The rules of empiricism and the iterations of Occam's razor suggest that no theme or concept which can be accounted for by common sources has to be attributed to obscure ones. Heaven and earth, good and evil, nature and spirit, creator and creature are discussed simultaneously. The hope of this volume is that Boehme's voice in Aurora will speak for itself in the colloquy of the early modern era.

Keywords: Aurora; Boehme; philosophia perennis

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