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  • BACKGROUND TO THE GOSPEL OF ST MARK

    Rudolf Steiner

    BACKGROUND TO THE GOSPEL OF ST MARK

    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)

    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 ...

    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".

    Trans: E. H. Goddard, D. S. Osmond. (13 lectures, Berlin, Munich, Hanover & Koblenz 17 Oct 1910 to 10 June 1911, GA124); RSP/AP; 220pp; pb;

    £12.99  ISBN 9780880101455