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Philotheus Boehner
Heinrich Boehner

(1901-02-17)February 17, 1901
Lichtenau, Westphalia
Died May 22, 1955(1955-05-22) (aged 54)
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Münster
Employer St. Bonaventure University
Known for Medieval scholarship

Philotheus Boehner (February 17, 1901 – May 22, 1955), who was born as Heinrich Boehner, was a member of the Franciscan order and a very well respected medieval scholar.


Philotheus Boehner was born as Heinrich Boehner on February 17, 1901, in Lichtenau, Westphalia. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1920, and was given the new name Philotheus, which is the Latin form of the Greek Philotheos, and means friend of God. In 1927 he became a priest, but he was very ill with tuberculosis and not expected to live much longer. While resting to try and get better from being sick, he started to translate Étienne Gilson's work on Saint Bonaventura. In the 1930s, he and Gilson became close friends.

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