Authors/Joachim Tancke

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Dedications, Prefaces, Postfaces

from: Basilus Valentinus, TriumphWagen Antimonii, ed. Johann Thölde, Leipzig: Jacob Popporeich for Jacob Apel, 1604
This preface delves into the philosophical and theological perspectives on nature and its relationship with human beings, as understood from a Christian viewpoint. Tancke begins by acknowledging the Holy Trinity and Divine Majesty's creation of all things, both visible and invisible, for two primary purposes: to glorify the Triune God and to serve humanity.
He emphasizes that all creation reflects God's unfathomable wisdom, with humans being the most clear and glorious testament to this, having been created in God's image. Tancke argues that everything in the lower world is made for human benefit, with the Earth serving humans by providing food, drink, and medicinal resources. He laments, however, that humans often fail to appreciate nature's gifts, using them for excess and destruction.
Tancke also discusses the role of humans as followers and co-workers of nature. He believes that humans should not only utilize nature's gifts but also refine and perfect them through their own efforts, aligning with God's purpose. This approach is exemplified in the use of antimony, a substance he describes as having both medicinal and harmful properties, depending on its preparation and use.
The text criticizes those who judge natural phenomena without understanding them, comparing such ignorance to a blind person trying to judge colors. Tancke stresses the importance of both theoretical knowledge and practical application in truly understanding and harnessing the benefits of natural substances.
He concludes by praising Basilius Valentinus, a figure in alchemy and chemistry, for his mastery in utilizing nature as a guide in his work. Tancke encourages readers to follow nature's path and combine theory with practice to achieve true understanding and application of natural sciences for the betterment of humanity.
Source: Michael Bapst von Rochlitz, Iuniperetum Oder WacholderGarten, ed. Joachim Tancke, Jacob Gaubisch (Eisleben) for Henning Grosse (Leipzig), 1605, sig. ):(2r–):(4v [BP.Bapst.1605-01]
Tanckius begins by reflecting on a biblical teaching that emphasizes the importance of using one's God-given talents for the betterment of humanity and the glory of God. He highlights the exemplary life of Michael Bapst, a late parish priest and brother of the addressee, who lived by this principle. Michael Bapst dedicated his life to theology, effectively spreading God's word, and establishing a school that nurtured the youth in piety and learning. Beyond his clerical duties, Michael Bapst also had a passion for nature and medicine, which he pursued in his leisure time, contributing to the field by publishing his findings for the public good.
Tanckius mentions Michael Bapst's posthumous work, a juniper garden compilation, which he decided to publish in honor of Michael Bapst's memory and to share his beneficial insights with a wider audience. He expresses hope that the work will be well-received and appreciated for its contributions. The letter concludes with Tanckius dedicating the publication to Paul Bapst, hoping it aligns with the values and friendship shared between them, and entrusting their endeavors to divine guidance. The letter is dated on the Day of the Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1605, underscoring the religious significance and context of the correspondence.

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