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Deeper Secrets of Human History in the Light of the Gospel of St. Matthew - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookDeeper Secrets of Human History
In the Light of the Gospel of St. Matthew
3 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In these lectures Rudolf Steiner explores the four aspects of Christ as portrayed in the four Gospels, with special emphasis on the Gospel of Matthew with its strong Hebraic character.

He describes the development of the Hebrew constitution from the time of Abraham through the subsequent generations, especially noting the need for this people to develop a consciousness that is devoid of all astral revelations. Through the particular bodily constitution of Abraham, reasoned thought was to replace the ancient visionary clairvoyance and this was to be perpetuated and strengthened through heredity. Ultimately this development would, through Christ and the Mystery of Golgotha, lead to human freedom and pave the way for a new spiritualised consciousness for humanity.

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Summary of Contents:

Lecture 1: Christ-Jesus: the Being of Light and Love. The Gospel of St. John: transcendental Ideas. The Gospel of St. Luke: self-offering sacrifice. The Gospel of St. Mark: the spirit power of the earthly sun-hidden forces of nature and of spirit. The Gospel, of St. Matthew: the Christ as the harmonised picture of Man: secrets of human history.
1st November, 1909

Lecture 2: The faculty of reasoned thought, recognising Divinity without clairvoyance, as an external revelation, is developed in the ancient Hebrew people. To this end, the particular bodily constitution of Abraham must be transmitted by way of heredity. The combining of the mathematical world-picture with inner Imagination is achieved through Moses in Egypt. The Law is given in Arabia. In the Babylonian captivity, contact is made with oriental wisdom. Recapitulation of the history of the ancient Hebrew people in the coming of Jesus of Bethlehem. The kingdom of Man or the kingdom of Heaven
9th November, 1909

Lecture 3: The different streams of spiritual life in antiquity converge in Jesus. Ancient clairvoyance and the significance of blood relationship fade away before the new happening: the full function of the Ego, the kingdom of Heaven. Preparation for this among the Nazarenes. The Baptism of John. The Children of the Serpent and the image of the Lamb. John the Baptist as the herald of the new era, in which the spiritual world shines into the soul of man through the phenomena and manifestations of the outer world.
23rd November, 1909

Trans: D. S. Osmond, A. P. Shepherd (3 lectures, Berlin 1, 9, & 23 Nov 1909, GA117)
Rudolf Steiner Press/Anthroposophic Press
78pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 85440 610 7

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