The Way to Christ Additional Summary

Jakob Böhme


Sources for Further Study

Böhme, Jakob. Six Theosophic Points, and Other Writings. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1958. The introductory essay, “Ungrund and Freedom,” by Nicolas Berdyaev, offers a convenient introduction to Böhme’s general philosophical position.

Erb, Peter, ed. Jacob Boehme: The Way to Christ. New York: Paulist Press, 1977. Erb’s introduction reaffirms that this work “provides the best introduction to [Böhme’s] thought and spirituality.”

Jones, Rufus M. Spiritual Reformers in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. London: Macmillan, 1909. Chapters 9 through 12 offer an introduction to Böhme’s life and thought and to his influence in England, by a noted modern Quaker.

O’Regan, Cyril. Gnostic Apocalypse: Jacob Boehme’s Haunted Narrative. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. Assesses Böhme’s thought as a return to Gnosticism after a millennium. Although O’Regan questions the nineteenth century arguments for this stance, he agrees that in the modern period Böhme’s discourse does represent a return of Gnosticism. Bibliography, index.

Stoudt, John Joseph. Sunrise to Eternity: A Study in Jacob Böhme’s Life. Preface by Paul Tillich. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1957. Traces the growth of Böhme’s thought, which is seen as a new, personalist type of mysticism. Useful mainly for biographical details.

Weeks, Andrew. Boehme: An Intellectual Biography of the Seventeenth-Century Philosopher and Mystic. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991. An overview of Böhme’s life and thought suitable for both serious and beginning students. Bibliography, index.