1557–1622
Martin Boehm
portrait

Sep­tem­ber 16, 1557, Lauban, Silesia (now Lubań, Poland).

Feb­ru­a­ry 5, 1622, Breslau, Silesia (now Wrocław, Poland).

Martin was the son of Hans Behm, town ov­er­seer of Lau­ban.

In 1574, dur­ing a pro­tract­ed fam­ine, Dr. Paul Fa­bri­ci­us, roy­al phy­si­cian in Vi­en­na and a dis­tant re­la­tive, took Mar­tin to Vi­en­na, where he worked as a pri­vate tu­tor for two years.

He then went to Straß­burg, where he was be­friend­ed by Jo­hann Sturm, rec­tor of the new­ly found­ed un­i­ver­si­ty there.

Returning home at his mo­ther’s re­quest af­ter his fa­ther’s death in 1580, he be­came as­sist­ant in the town school, and on Sep­tem­ber 20, was or­dained di­a­co­nus of the Ho­ly Tri­ni­ty Church.

After the sen­ior pas­tor was pro­mo­ted to Bre­slau, the Town Coun­cil kept the post no­mi­nal­ly va­cant for two years, then made Behm sen­ior pas­tor in June 1586.

He held the po­si­tion 36 years, re­nowned as a preach­er and faith­ful pas­tor in trou­bled times: fa­mine in 1590, plague in 1613, war in 1619.

A pro­li­fic au­thor, Behm wrote about 480 hymns.

His works in­clude:

  1. Das walt Gott Va­ter und Gott Sohn
    • O God Almighty, Father, Son
  2. O heil­ige Drei­fal­tig­keit
  3. O Je­su Christ, meins Le­bens Licht
  4. O Kö­nig all­er Ehr­en

Behm’s burial place