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Weigel, Valentin

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Weigel, Valentin, * 1533 (Grossenhain (Saxony)), † 12 Jun 1588 (Zschopau (Saxony)) Lutheran pastor and author of writings of a critical, theoretical, theological, and devotional character. The son of commoner parents, Weigel depended upon princely patronage to attend an elite Latin school and subsequently studied theology at the Universities of Leipzig and Wittenberg, possibly also teaching briefly at the latter. In 1567 Weigel was ordained as a pastor, a position he held in the Saxon city of Zschopau from …

Boehme, Jacob

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Boehme, Jacob, * ca. 24.4.1575 (Alt-Seidenberg), † 17 Jan 1624 (Görlitz) Shoemaker, Lutheran dissenter, and author of numerous writings that exercised a profound and lasting influence on German Spiritualism and → Pietism and its equivalents in other countries, on German literature and philosophy, as well as on mysticism and → Christian Theosophy. 1. Life Despite a rich mythic and legendary overlay, the salient facts of Boehme's life are largely documented. He was born into a prosperous and respected Lutheran peasant family. As a young man, he was g…