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Boehme’s Vocabulary and Terminology

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The Lutheran Bible is Boehme's richest source. Boehme's reference to the account of creation in Genesis is at times straightforward and at times implicit and heterodox. There is no evidence that Boehme intended to found an alternative confession with distinct doctrines or rituals or his person as its leader. The ecstatic terms as well as the colorful images of Boehme's language had homiletic sources. Boehme's defiance of church authority has roots in anticlerical tradition and Luther's notion of the universal priesthood of the laity. But more than with the stars, Boehme was concerned with the planets which could include the sun and the moon. Boehme's term refers to a natural philosophy that claims to observe nature directly, yet discovers in it mainly relationships of macrocosm and microcosm and of the signatures of things. As an ardent trinitarian, he hardly shared the motives of the Christian Hebraists, or so-called Judaizers.

Keywords: astrology; Boehme; Lutheran Bible; philosophy

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