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The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner

Volume 2: Origin and Growth of His Insight

May 2009
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    21st May 2009
  • ISBN 9780863156847
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.

Following World War II, Emil Bock lectured widely on Rudolf Steiner, and, during the course of his research, he uncovered many unknown aspects of Steiner’s life. This book, the second of two volumes, explores themes and ideas in Steiner’s work, as well as the nature of destiny.

Topics covered in this comprehensive study include the early years of Jesus; the Christmas festival; the movement away from the Theosophical Society to form the Anthroposophical Society; and many more themes and events. Emil Bock also examines the people surrounding Steiner at that time and, drawing on Steiner’s views of karma and reincarnation, reveals interesting parallels with Rome, Byzantium, Ephesus, and the Grail Castle.

Theis volume is a continuation and conclusion of The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner: Volume 1: People and Places.

C O N T E N T S:

9. Rudolf Steiner and the Theosophical Society
10. The Christmas Festivals
11. The Fifth Gospel
12. The Structure of the Karma Lectures
13. Resurrection of the Word—Logos and the Word of Man
14. From Theosophy to Anthroposophy
15. The Preparation for Esoteric Circles 1904–6
16. The Creation of Mantric Verse
17. The Dispute about the Holy Spirit
18. Figures in Rome and Byzantium
19. Ephesus and the Castle of the Grail


Emil Bock

Emil Bock (1895–1959) was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1895. He studied German and modern languages at the University of Bonn and, after joining the army, was wounded at the war front in Flanders. In 1916, while still in the army, he met the famous evangelical preacher, Friedrich Rittelmeyer, in Berlin. After his release from the military, he studied Protestant theology in Berlin and later attended priest courses with Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart and Dornach. With Rittelmeyer, Bock helped establish the Christian Community (the movement for religious renewal) in 1922 and soon became its leader, a position he held until his death. In November, 1922, Bock married Grete Seumer, with whom he had four children. He remained a priest, writer, and lecturer until his death in Stuttgart. Bock's many books include Genesis; Moses; Kings and Prophets; Caesars and Apostles, The Three Years; Saint Paul; and The Childhood of Jesus.