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Theosophy By Seagrave, Jennifer Large

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1372-1
Published: 02/05/2017
Retrieved: 23 May 2024, from


The term ‘theosophy’, derived from the Greek theo (‘divine’) and sophia (‘wisdom’), refers generally to divine wisdom and its mystical interpretation. Arising in the third century, the term acted as a synonym for theology until the sixteenth century, when Jakob Böhme (1575–1624), drawing on Neoplatonism and alchemy, described it as divine knowledge by which man interprets the natural world – an idea of great importance to the Romantics.

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