Authors/Benedictus Figulus

From Theatrum Paracelsicum

Personal Bibliography

Dedications, Prefaces, Postfaces

from: Benedictus Figulus, Carmen Heroicum Insignia Megalandri Lutheri complectens, Stuttgart: Marx Fürster, 1600

from: Bartholomaeus Petrus Piscator, Petrus Larvatus, no date [1605]
from: Benedictus Figulus, Petrus Larvatus, no date [1606]
from: Benedictus Figulus, Petrus Larvatus, no date [1606]
Figulus emphasizes the importance of verses for memory retention. He has compiled testimonies, especially from Papist writings, to challenge and refute the adversaries of his beliefs. The first book argues that the Pope is the true Antichrist based on scriptural evidence. The second delves into histories from the Antichrist's reign, while the third critiques the over-reliance on Church Fathers, suggesting that many Catholic teachings were borrowed from Pagans. Figulus presents this as a brief overview of his work, urging readers to appreciate his efforts and to consider his arguments.
from: Pandora magnalium naturalium aurea et benedicta, ed. Benedictus Figulus, Straßburg: Lazarus Zetzner, 1608
The dedication is a homage to the ancient wisdom of philosophers and the importance of understanding the divine truth. Figulus laments the misinterpretation and misuse of ancient knowledge by contemporary society, emphasizing the significance of living in harmony with divine laws. He contrasts the eternal wisdom of God with the fleeting knowledge of the world, highlighting the importance of understanding one's own nature and the broader universe.
  Figulus underscores the value of three primary books: the vast book of Nature (Macrocosmus), the smaller book representing Man (Microcosmus), and the Holy Scriptures (Sacra Biblia). These books, he believes, offer profound insights into the divine and human nature, guiding individuals towards eternal truths.
  However, Figulus expresses his discontent with those who have suppressed or distorted these ancient teachings, especially the works of Theophrastus, a revered philosopher. He accuses certain individuals of hiding, altering, or selling these invaluable texts for personal gain, thereby depriving humanity of their profound wisdom. He is particularly critical of those who have kept the most essential works hidden, especially Theophrastus' theological writings, which he believes are crucial for understanding divine truths.
  In the context of the present book, which he titles "Pandoram Novam Auream & Olympiacam" and which discusses the Philosopher's Stone, Figulus aims to share this knowledge openly, especially since it contains treatises that have never been seen before. He dedicates the book to esteemed lords and patrons, acknowledging their support for alchemical and spagyric arts. He humbly requests their continued patronage and protection against detractors and mockers of these noble arts.
  Figulus concludes by expressing his commitment to defending the teachings of Theophrastus and promoting the truth. He places his trust in divine protection and hopes that with God's grace, he can continue to serve the pursuit of knowledge and truth. The dedication serves as a testament to Figulus' dedication to ancient wisdom, his critique of its misuse, and his hope for a future where these teachings are revered and understood.

Notices, Editorial Remarks etc.


from: Benedictus Figulus, Carmen Heroicum Insignia Megalandri Lutheri complectens, Stuttgart: Marx Fürster, 1600
The poem begins by emphasizing Amwald's widespread influence, with writings and songs sent from distant shores, all expressing deep devotion to him. Figulus contrasts Amwald's virtuous reputation with the deceitful voices of detractors, particularly emphasizing their false accusations and ill intentions. These critics, despite their venomous words, are depicted as inferior, misguided, and ultimately inconsequential. The poem also highlights the support Amwald receives from influential figures, including princes and theologians, underscoring his esteemed position. Figulus condemns the critics, suggesting they are driven by envy, ignorance, and pride. He invokes divine favor upon Amwald, emphasizing that God's blessings and protection are evident in his life. The poem concludes with a hopeful note, suggesting that the virtuous "Panacea" will endure as long as there's a need for healing in the world.


Other Texts

from: Benedictus Figulus, Carmen Heroicum Insignia Megalandri Lutheri complectens, Stuttgart: Marx Fürster, 1600
The poem celebrates the profound significance of the Cross and the salvation it symbolizes through Christ. It urges believers to rejoice in the Lord and find solace in the divine. The Cross is depicted as the source of all goodness and the singular beacon of hope for the devout. These believers are likened to roses, drawing peace and protection from their faith, especially amidst life's adversities. The narrative underscores the Cross's protective nature. Even when faced with life's harshest challenges, the righteous remain steadfast, their faith acting as a shield against worldly turmoil. The Cross isn't just wood; it's described as a purified golden emblem, emphasizing its divine significance. The poem culminates in highlighting the eternal joys awaiting believers, made possible by Christ's sacrifice. These joys are undying, enduring through all adversities. The overarching message is one of hope, resilience, and the transformative power of faith.