Böhme, [Boehme, Behmen], Jacob

Mysticism, Occult, 1651 | Signatura rerum. Or the signature of all things, shewing the sign and signification of the several forms and shapes in the creation and what the beginning, ruin and cure of every thing is, it proceeds out of eternity into time (…) and comprizeth all mysteries. Written in high Dutch 1622 by Jacob Behmen, alias Teutonicus Phylosophus. London, Macock for Calvert, 1651.

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Behmenism, also Behemenism or Boehmenism, is the English-language designation for a 17th-century Christian movement based on the teachings of German mystic and theosopher Jakob Böhme (1575-1624). The term was not usually applied by followers of Böhme’s theosophy to themselves, but rather was used by some opponents of Böhme’s thought as a polemical term. The origins of the term date back to the German literature of the 1620s, when opponents of Böhme’s thought, such as the Thuringian antinomian Esajas Stiefel, the Lutheran theologian Peter Widmann and others denounced the writings of Böhme and the Böhmisten. When his writings began to appear in England in the 1640s, Böhme’s surname was irretrievably corrupted to the form “Behmen” or “Behemen”, whence the term “Behmenism” developed. A follower of Böhme’s theosophy is a “Behmenist”.