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Jacob Behmen an appreciation   By: (1836-1921)

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Alexander Whyte’s exploration of Jacob Behmen’s life and works in "Jacob Behmen: An Appreciation" offers readers a deep and insightful analysis of this lesser-known figure of mysticism. With an empathetic and scholarly approach, Whyte introduces readers to the spiritual journey of Behmen, uncovering the intricate details of his philosophy and the impact he had on mystical thought.

Throughout the book, Whyte displays a comprehensive understanding of Behmen’s writings, presenting them in a manner that is both accessible and intellectually stimulating. He delves into the complexities of Behmen’s concepts, such as the Three Principles and the Ungrund, providing clarifications and examples to aid readers in grasping these abstract ideas.

What truly sets Whyte’s book apart is his ability to paint a vivid picture of Behmen’s personal experiences and the historical context in which he lived. This biographical aspect adds a rich layer to the understanding of Behmen’s writings, revealing the influence of his upbringing and societal environment on his spiritual development. Whyte’s skillful storytelling allows readers to connect with Behmen on a personal level, making his teachings feel relatable and applicable to their own lives.

Moreover, Whyte’s exploration of Behmen’s impact on subsequent mystics and philosophers is enlightening. He eloquently traces the influence of Behmen on spiritual thinkers such as Friedrich Schelling and Friedrich Nietzsche, highlighting how Behmen’s ideas transcended time to shape the broader spiritual landscape.

However, one aspect that could have been further explored is the criticism and controversies surrounding Behmen’s writings. While Whyte does touch upon some of the opposition Behmen faced during his lifetime, a more in-depth discussion of the various perspectives would have provided a more balanced analysis.

Despite this minor limitation, "Jacob Behmen: An Appreciation" is an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of a remarkable figure in mysticism. Alexander Whyte’s passion for Behmen’s teachings shines through, making this book an essential read for anyone interested in the intersection of spirituality, philosophy, and history. By shedding light on Behmen’s life and thought, Whyte offers his readers an opportunity to delve into the depths of mystical thinking and discover a profound appreciation for a truly original thinker.

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Jacob Behmen an Appreciation by Alexander Whyte

author of 'Characters and Characteristics of William Law' etc.

Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier 30 St. Mary Street, Edinburgh, and 24 Old Bailey, London 1895

This lecture was delivered at the opening of my Classes for the study of the pre Reformation, Reformation, and post Reformation Mystics during Session 1894 5. A Lecture on WILLIAM LAW was delivered at the opening of a former Session as an Introduction to the whole subject of Mysticism.

A. W.

ST. GEORGE'S FREE CHURCH, 5 th November 1894.

Jacob Behmen

Jacob Behmen, the greatest of the mystics, and the father of German philosophy, was all his life nothing better than a working shoemaker. He was born at Old Seidenberg, a village near Goerlitz in Silesia, in the year 1575, and he died at Goerlitz in the year 1624. Jacob Behmen has no biography. Jacob Behmen's books are his best biography. While working with his hands, Jacob Behmen's whole life was spent in the deepest and the most original thought; in piercing visions of GOD and of nature; in prayer, in praise, and in love to GOD and man. Of Jacob Behmen it may be said with the utmost truth and soberness that he lived and moved and had his being in GOD. Jacob Behmen has no biography because his whole life was hid with CHRIST in GOD... Continue reading book >>

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