0. This book puts the
date of the first lecture in this lecture-series to be
November 1st 1909, however, all indications from many other
sources have the date set at November 2nd 1909. — e.Ed.
1. The lecture-courses here
referred to are the following:
The Gospel of St. John.
12 lectures. Hamburg, May, 1908.
The Gospel of St. John in relation to the three other Gospels, with particular reference to the Gospel of St. Luke.
14 lectures. Cassel, June/July, 1909.
The Gospel of St. Luke.
10 lectures. Basle, September, 1909.
2. Lectures on the Gospel of
St. Mark were given in Berlin, p.17 October, 1910. The course of 14
The Gospel of St. Mark,
was given in Berlin, September, 1912.
3. These are the recognised names
in spiritual science for the p.26 earlier planetary conditions of
the Earth. See
An Outline Of Occult Science.
4. “Discursive thinking”
would be an alternative translation p.27 of das urteilende Denken,
the expression used by Rudolf Steiner here. “Discursive as opposed
to intuitive cognition, is attained by a series of inferences rather
than by direct insight.” (Runes:
Dictionary of Philosophy,
4th ed. New York, 1942).
5. This point, that the Hebrew
heritage was not a matter merely p.32 of natural descent, but of divine
choice and gift, is developed by St. Paul from a somewhat different
Romans IX, 8.
“It is not the children of the flesh
(Ishmael) that are children of God, but the children of the promise
(Isaac) are reckoned for a seed.” Cp. also
Romans IV, 13-21.
Genesis XXII, 17.
7. In his book
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment,
p. 131 ff, Rudolf Steiner speaks of the “lotus-flowers”
as organs in the astral
body connected with the development of supersensible perception. He
points out that the name “lotus-flower” is only a traditional
metaphorical designation. These organs are also known in technical
esoteric language as “wheels ” or “chakrams.”
8. This role of Moses is indicated
in his traditional representation as having two ram's horns springing
from his forehead.
9. See Rudolf Steiner's
The Gospel of St. Luke.
10. The spiritual reality resulting
from his earthly existence.
11. According to Biblical commentaries,
means ‘branch’, or ‘separated one’. In lecture VI
of the Course entitled
The Gospel of St. Matthew,
Rudolf Steiner refers to a community of the Essene sect connected
particularly with Netzer, a pupil of Jeshu ben Pandira, in Nazareth, or
12. Locust — the fruit
of the carob-tree; a locust-bean. The Greek name äxeis, properly
denoting the insect, is applied in the Levant to the carob-pod, from
some resemblance in form: and from very early times it has been believed
by many that the “locusts” eaten by John the Baptist were
Oxford English Dictionary.
13. This statement is corroborated
by a passage in Origen's work,
“John the Baptist knew certain secret teaching about prayer, which
he imparted, probably not to all who were being baptized, but to those
who were being instructed in the secret doctrine as a preparation for
baptism.” This throws light on the words of the disciples to
Christ: “Lord teach us to pray, even as John also taught his
(St. Luke XI, 1).
Rudolf Steiner's statement that John had instructed his
disciples about the Lamb also throws light upon the seemingly abrupt
announcement by John the Baptist to his disciples, “Behold the
Lamb of God.”
(St. John I, 29).
Romans, VIII, 19.
“The earnest expectation
of the created world waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of