Behme, David

Behme, David a Lutheran theologian of Germany, was born April 2, 1605, at Bernstadt, in Silesia. When twenty-five years of age, he was appointed courtpreacher to prince Henry Wenceslaw of Munsterberg, and pastor pimatius at Vielgutt. In 1638 he was called as court-preacher of Oels and counsellor of Consistory at Bernstadt, where he died, Feb. 9, 1657. He is the author of some hymns, one of which, Iaierr nu lass inFriede, was translated into English by C. Winkworfh, (Lyrta Geram. ii, 280: "Lord, now let thy servant"). See Sinapius, Olsnographia (Leipsic, 1707), ii, 487 sq.; Koch, Gesch. des deutscheni Kirchenliedes, 3, 56. (B. P.) Behmenists, a sect of mystics which arose in Germany in the beginning of the 17th century, deriving its name from Jacob Behmen or Beshm (q.v.).

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