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The Apocalypse

and the Work of the Priest
The Book of Revelation
Apokalypse und Priesterwirken

Rudolf Steiner
(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.’

Known Publications:

  • Apokalypse und Priesterwirken, German language editions: 1995, 2001. ISBN 3-7274-3460-0,
  • 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, ISBN 1-85584-052-9,

GA 346 ... Selections ...


Apokalypse und Priesterwirken

Book Cover Image 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.


The Apocalypse and the Work of the Priest

Book Cover Image 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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