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Background to the Gospel of St. Mark

(Cw 124)
  • By Robert A. McDermott, E. H. Goddard, Rudolf Steiner
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13 lectures, various locations, Oct. 17, 1910 - June 10, 1911 (CW 124)

"Christianity was bound at first to be a matter of faith and is only now beginning, very gradually, to be a matter of knowledge." -- Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner gave seventy lectures on the four canonical Gospels, characterizing the distinctive contribution of each of the evangelists. The Gospel of Mark is a "cosmic" text that calls for an astronomical, as well as a human, reading. It is also critical for understanding the evolution of Christianity, which depends on knowledge of "the Mystery of Golgotha" (Christ's Crucifixion, Resurrection, And Ascension). "We are only at the beginning of Christian evolution," Steiner states, reiterating that its further development will depend on spiritual knowledge. To develop such cognition, "most important of all is reverence for the great truths and the feeling that we can approach them only with awe and veneration."

Many profound spiritual truths are indeed revealed in these lectures.

"The individuality who had lived in Elijah was reborn as John the Baptist, who, like his predecessor, announced the incarnation of Christ. John, prophet of the Aquarian constellation, announced the divine 'I' who would lead humanity to the Pisces incarnation. Whereas John the Baptist could look through the material Earth into the Aquarius initiation, Jesus of Nazareth had been prepared for the Pisces initiation and through it was able to receive the Christ into himself. Once united with Jesus by the Baptism in the Jordan, Christ was able to baptize with the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ drew to Himself those who were seeking a Pisces initiation." -- Robert McDermott (introduction)

Topics include: Mystery Teachings in St Mark's Gospel; The Son of God and the Son of Man; The Symbolic Language of the Macrocosm; The Moon-religion of Yahweh; and The Penetration of the Buddha-Mercury Stream into Rosicrucianism.

This thoroughly revised edition includes notes and appendices by Frederick Amrine and an extensive introduction by Robert McDermott.

This volume is a translation from German of Exkurse in das Gebiet des Markus-Evangeliums (GA 124). Cover image Saint-Marc (ca.1505), by Jean Bourdichon (1477-1514); Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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    • SKU: 9781855846593
    • ISBN 13: 9781855846593
    • Publication Date: 09/26/2023
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Rudolf Steiner
    • Author: Robert A. McDermott
    • Author: E. H. Goddard

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