Early in Sweden's period as a world power, the monarch's teacher entwined mysticism and Cabala concepts with a passion for the ancient Goths, asserts Thomas Karlsson of the Religion Science Department, University of Stockholm, in a recent thesis.

John Bureus (1568-1652), Johannes Thomae Agrivillensis Bureus (latinisation of the birth name Johan Bure) is one of the Swedish history's most multifaceted characters. He was a teacher for both Gustavus Adolphus and Queen Christina, and has been called the father of Swedish grammar. At the same time, he also pioneered research. He mixed runes and Norse myths with the Cabala, astrology and magic in a unique system that he called "Adula runes," or Gothic Qabbalah.


"John Bureus saw himself as a prophet and intended to revive the old religion that he believed had existed among the ancient Goths in the area around Uppsala," notes Karlsson, and adds, "John Bureus' thinking reflects an important but still rather unexplored part of cultural and religious history."

Johan Bure was born in 1568 in Åkerby near Uppsala (where the last of the pagan temples were located) as the son of a Lutheran parish priest. He studied in Uppsala, Sweden, Germany and Italy. He became a prfessor in 1602 and from 1603 the Royal antiquarian. He learned both latin and hebrew and became well versed in reading old books on Kabbalah or Cabala (the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible).
Just like Francis Bacon, who was involved in the development of the English language, John Bureus was allegedly involved in developing the Swedish language. In 1611 he published the "Runa ABC boken"

Footnote: Adula Runes = Runes of Magic.