Background to the Gospel of St. Mark

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SteinerBooks, 1986 - Religion - 220 pages

13 lectures, Berlin, Munich, Hanover & Koblenz, Oct. 17, 1910 - June 10, 1911 (GA124)

In Background to the Gospel of St. Mark, Steiner shows the relevance of this Gospel especially to our present age, the fifth post-Atlantean epoch. He describes how each of the four Gospels was written to the time and circumstances of successive cultural periods: the Matthew Gospel is most relevant to the age when Christ incarnated and enacted the Mystery of Golgotha, the fourth post-Atlantean epoch; Mark speaks to the fifth; Luke, the sixth; and the Gospel of St John addresses the consciousness of the seventh epoch.

Steiner describes how what is found in the Gospel of Mark and not in the other Gospels is especially relevant to our age, such as where it speaks of a complex distressing world events which will occur at the time when Christ will become visible to many in the spiritual atmosphere of the earth, a time of false prophets and false Christs who will "seduce" many, when nations will war against nations, and of famines and natural disasters. (Mark 13)

These lectures discuss essential elements in Rudolf Steiner's Christology, his views on cosmic and human evolution, and the universal importance of Christ's earthly birth and the "Mystery of Golgotha."

Other subjects include:

∞ Investigation and communication of spiritual truths
∞ The two main streams of post-Atlantean civilization
∞ The tasks of the present, fifth post-Atlantean epoch
∞ The laws of rhythm in the domain of soul and spirit
∞ The Son of God and the son of Man
∞ The moon religion of Yahweh
∞ From Buddhism to Rosicrucianism
∞ Kyrios, Lord of the Soul
∞ Mystery teachings in Mark's Gospel
∞ much more ...

This volume is a translation from German of Exkurse in das Gebiet des Markus-Evangeliums (GA 124).


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About the author (1986)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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