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The Gospel of St. Matthew - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy lecturesThe Gospel of St. Matthew
Twelve lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In The Gospel of St. Matthew lectures, Rudolf Steiner traces the development of the Hebrew people and their special mission in preparing the physical vehicle of Christ through 3 times 14 generations from Abraham to Joseph.  He discusses the importance of the new impulse inaugurated by the Christ where the bonds of human love and association are not to be limited to kinship through blood or culture, but through the free development of the human ego in its ethical, moral and spiritual development. He also describes how Christ has made it possible for the human being to gradually awaken to perception of the spiritual worlds in full and clear consciousness, unlike the dim and dream-like experiences common to ancient humanity.

Deeper meaning is found in his detailed descriptions of the Sermon on the Mount and of the intimate discussions Christ had with his closest disciples in preparation for His fulfilment of the most pivotal event in human and world history.

He also covers very explicitly the influences of the new Bodhisattva, who will one day be the Maitreya Buddha, and his inspiration of Jeschu ben Pandira about 100 years before the time of Jesus, as well as his continued influence through Anthroposophy, especially in the anthroposophical teachings about the awakening perceptions in humanity to Christ in the etheric realm.

Rudolf Steiner Press/Anthroposophic Press
Trans. D. S. Osmond, M. Kirkcaldy
12 lectures, Berne 1-12 Sept 1910, GA123
237pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 85440 630 1

This title has been replaced by a newer edition: According to Matthew

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

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