Genesis: Creation and the Patriarchs
The biblical author of Genesis wrote in great cosmic images. The dramatic figures of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph pass before the reader’s eyes, each in turn revealing hidden mystery knowledge.
Emil Bock’s great gift is to interpret these majestic events for our understanding today without diminishing their profound wisdom. He brings his wide reading of the esoteric and mythological traditions—as well as the spiritual investigations of Rudolf Steiner—to bear on the texts, deepening our appreciation of Genesis as an outstanding work of art that remains relevant to our world today.
About the Author
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.