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  • Series: Great Works of Christian Spirituality Series, Volume 2 (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: New Grail (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965048861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965048866
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,984,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cameron B. Clark VINE VOICE on January 13, 2006
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Arthur Versluis, the editor of this book and others in this series, is known for his contributions to the study of Christian theosophy through his trilogy: Theosophia, Wisdom's Children, and Wisdom's Book (an anthology). The series titled "Great Works of Christian Spirituality" continues as a contribution to understanding this mystical and "esoteric" current within Christianity. "The Wisdom of Jacob Bohme" (the last name spelled with two dots over the "o") is the second volume in the series with the first dedicated to Meister Eckhart who, according to Versluis in his introduction to the volume dedicated to Boehme (my preferred spelling), is part of a long tradition in Christianity of negative (apophatic) theology that begins with (Pseudo-) Dionysius the Areopagite and continues through Boehme with his concept of the Ungrund (literally, non-ground) on to Christian theosopher John Pordage (to whom the third volume in the series is dedicated).

The term "theosophy" (a transliteration of Greek, involving divine wisdom) was in use before Helena P. Blavatsky and her 19th century Theosophical Society which, although adopting the term, diverged from Christian theosophy into broader esoteric/occult interests and Eastern religions, especially Buddhism. Much of what is taught by Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society is contrary to the thought of Boehme and the Christian theosophical current. For the similarities and important distinctions between them, see the works of Antoine Faivre such as "Access to Western Esotericism" and "Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition" and Joscelyn Godwin's book, "The Theosophical Enlightenment".
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