and the Work of the Priest
The Book of Revelation
Apokalypse und Priesterwirken
(Written 1919; Bn 346, GA 346i, CW 346)
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John's Book of Revelation — the Apocalypse — has been
subjected to countless interpretations by theologians over the years,
mostly based on theory and speculation. In contrast, Rudolf Steiner
spoke from his own direct experience and knowledge of the spiritual
truths contained in St John's mysterious pictures.
Although he had previously presented his insights into the Book of
Revelation a number of times, in 1924 Steiner ventured to give a
completely new perspective — in response to a request by
priests of The Christian Community — by relating the subject
closely to the work of the modern priest. ‘These priests felt
the need to achieve a closer relationship with the Book of
Revelation,’ he wrote later. ‘I believed I would be
able to contribute to such a closer relationship. The spiritual
paths I follow had enabled me to trace the apocalyptist's footsteps.
So I felt that with this course of lectures I would be able to
achieve a depiction that would convey this priestly book in its
true sense as a spiritual guide for the priest.’
- Apokalypse und Priesterwirken,
German language editions: 1995, 2001.
- The Apocalypse, ca 1995, typescript, spiral-bound edition,
unknown publisher, unknown translator(s)
- The Book of Revelation, 1998, Rudolf Steiner Press (London),
translator: J. Collis,
GA 346 ... Selections ...
Dieser unmittelbar vor Beginn seines Krankenlagers gehaltene Kurs
für die Priester der zwei Jahre zuvor begründeten
Christengemeinschaft schließt die Vorträge, Kurse und
Besprechungen ab, die Rudolf Steiner zur Vorbereitung und
Begleitung dieser «Bewegung für religiöse
Erneuerung» gehalten hat.
18 Vorträge, Gespräche und Fragenbeantwortungen,
Dornach 1924. mit 13 Wandtafelzeichn. u. 44 S.
Notizbucheintragungen. Rudolf Steiner Gesamtausgabe.
This typewritten manuscript consisted of one paragraph! All eighteen
lectures in one paragraph with only the dates of the lectures separating
them. There were single spaces between sentences and double spaces between
pagraphs ... maybe! We used this “formula” to create the
on-line document you see before you. The 18 lectures make up the entirety
of the lecture series entitled, The Apocalypse, Bn/GA/CW 346,
published in German as, Apokalypse und Priesterwirken.
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