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'''Valentin Weigel''' (or ''Weichel''; 7 August 1533, [[Hayn]]{{ndash}}10 June 1588, [[Zschopau]]) was a German theologian, philosopher and mystical writer, from [[Saxony]], and an important precursor of later [[theosophy]]. In English he is often called Valentine Weigel.
 
He was born at [[Hayn]], near [[Dresden]], into a Catholic family. He studied at [[Meissen]], [[Leipzig]], and [[Wittenberg]]. In 1567 he became a [[Lutheran]] pastor at [[Zschopau]], near [[Chemnitz]]. There, he lived out a quiet life, engaged in his writings.
 
Weigel was best known for his belief that the Virgin Mary was herself the product of a virgin birth. He based his belief on the idea of the immaculate conception, which required that Mary must also be sinless in order to bear God in the flesh. He kept his ideas secret, entrusting them only to personal friends (in contrast to [[Jakob Böhme]]). He carried out his parishioner duties and kept a low profile. He left around 6000 pages in printed or manuscript works. His ideas on human nature were only gradually and posthumously published. [[Johann Arndt]], [[Gottfried Arnold]], and [[Gottfried Leibniz]] helped to spread Weigel's ideas.