If you are new to Boehme, I recommend the following as the most accessible of his writings:
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The LEXICON is a concise introduction to Boehme's terminology and an excellent reference, in downloadable PDF, 8 pages.
For a well-researched and organized summary of JB's thought, see THE LIFE AND DOCTRINE OF JACOB BOEHME (aka Personal Christianity: a Science) by Franz Hartmann.
THE CONFESSIONS OF JACOB BOEHME is a collection of all autobiographical references from JB's works.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JACOB BEHMEN Abraham von Franckenberg, published 1651
JACOB BEHMEN'S THEOSOPHICK PHILOSOPHY UNFOLDED, by Edward Taylor, published 1691.
THE WAY TO DIVINE KNOWLEDGE by William Law
JACOB BEHMEN: AN APPRECIATION by Alexander Whyte
JACOB BOEHME: HIS LIFE AND TEACHING Hans Martensen
AN INTRODUCTION TO JACOB BOEHME Anne Judith Penny
SCIENCE, MEANING & EVOLUTION: THE COSMOLOGY OF JACOB BOEHME Basarab Nicolescu
MILTON AND JAKOB BOEHME Margaret Lewis Bailey
THEOSOPHIC CORRESPONDENCE Claude Saint-Martin
BOEHME FOR BEGINNERS Cynthia Bourgeault
THE CROSS IN THE HEART OF GOD Alan Parker
LIFE OF JACOB BOEHME a Timeline by the International Jacob Boehme Institute
Lighthouse Library has produced an exhaustive 27 page BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX OF CITATIONS in The Works of Carl Jung, by Donivan Bessinger
MIND ON FIRE short bio of JB by Wayne Kraus
INTRODUCTION from 1764 William Law Edition
HOW TO READ JACOB BOEHME
Boehme's writings have been described as "a picnic to which Jacob brings the words and the reader brings the meaning." That may have been intended as a flippant remark, but it is actually a good tip. Many readers, having been warned of the Teutonic Theosopher's "obscurity," approach their first Boehme book the same way they would approach, say, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason; assiduously scribbling notes and diagrams, wracking their brains over the diction, rereading and rereading difficult passages, and finally hurling the book across the room.
The key is to read his books in exactly the same way you read poetry. No brain-wracking required. I sometimes read a few pages of Blake before turning to Boehme, just to get the poetic cadence going.
His books are, as translator John Sparrow said, "Hard at first, easy at last." If you find yourself floundering in a passage about sulphur, mercury and sal, and the interaction of planets, just skim ahead until your head is above water again.
He used terminology from alchemy and astrology because it was the only scientific language available to him. This vocabulary seems strange and occultic to modern readers, but contemporary transdisciplinarians like Basarab Nicolescu have found in Boehme a template for the sought-after Unifying Language that would enable communication between our increasingly balkanized branches of knowledge. Boehme could move from theology to physics to botany to astronomy to psychology to biblical exegesis without changing vocabularies. Granted, his vocabulary would not be utile to modern scientists, but the shoemaker's mastery of language is hailed by transdisciplinarians as "a triumph of human thought."
The shoemaker himself put a low premium on "human thought."
He that will learn to understand the true Way, let him depart from and forsake his own reason.
My knowledge is not mine, but God knowing in me.
Reason must yield up its own Hearing and Life, and give itself up to God, that God may live in the Understanding of Man, else there is no Finding in the Divine Wisdom. All that is taught and spoken concerning God, without the Spirit of God, is but Babel."
(COLLECTIONS 1 & 2)
LEXICON of JB's Terminology
WORKS OF JACOB BEHMEN: WILLIAM LAW EDITION
Aurora, Three Principles
Threefold Life, Forty Questions, Incarnation of Christ, Clavis, Illustrations by Dionysius Freher/William Law
Mysterium Magnum, Four Tables, Illustrations by Dionysius Freher/William Law II
The Signature of All Things, Election of Grace, Way to Christ, Dialogue Between a Hungry Soul and a Soul Enlightened, Four Complexions, Testaments of Christ