Jesus, Lazarus, and the Messiah
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Jesus, Lazarus, and the Messiah: Unveiling Three Christian Mysteries

“Humanity as a whole produced evangelists as mediators, who provided revelations that can be understood only gradually. These scriptures will be understood more and more as humanity progresses.” Rudolf Steiner, 1911

At the heart of the mystery of Christianity, we encounter the divinity of Jesus Christ―the revelation of the descent of God from the spiritual world into the material world for the sake of humanity. To unveil the meaning of this cosmic event, authors Charles Tidball and Robert Powell (in two chapters) draw on four very different sources: the Gospels themselves, medieval and Renaissance tradition and art, the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich, and the spiritual science, or Anthroposophy, of Rudolf Steiner.

Viewing the former in the light of the latter, the authors unravel three key riddles: the nature of Jesus, the identity of Lazarus and the meaning of his initiatory “raising from the dead,” and the Messianic mystery of the incarnation of the Christ. In the process, much is learned of the actual dating of the Gospel events, as well the repercussions of these events in history.

This is a book for all those who want a deeper understanding of the New Testament Gospels and, especially, for those interested in the “Jesus mysteries.”


Foreword by Christopher Bamford
Introduction: The Interrelations

Part One: Developing an Understanding

Frames of Reference
Primary Sources
Significant Methodology

Part Two: The Mystery of the Two Jesus Children

Biblical Evidence
Artistic Evidence
Preparation for the Incarnation
Alternative Viewpoints

Part Three: The Mystery of the Beloved Disciple

Three Different Views on Lazarus
From the Scholarship of Dr. König
From the Visions of Sister Emmerich
The John Mystery (by Robert Powell)
The Johannine Tradition (by Robert Powell)

Part Four: The Mystery of the Incarnation of the Christ Being

Further Understandings from “Chronicle of Christ’s Ministry”

Further Material:


Biographical Material
Authenticity of Sister Emmerich’s Visions
The Bare-Bones Story (21 BCE–CE 44)
Selected Entries from “Chronicle of Christ’s Ministry”
Three Excerpts from Irene Johanson’s Book The Three Disciples Called John


About the Author

Charles S. Tidball (1928– 2018) was born in Geneva, Switzerland. A scientist and a doctor, he had multiple degrees: an MS in Pharmacology, a PhD in Physiology, and an MD. For many years, Dr. Tidball was Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at George Washington University, which in 1992 designated him professor emeritus of computer medicine and neurological surgery. He was also a pioneer in computer-based instructional and information-retrieval systems. After his retirement, he served at the Washington National Cathedral and dedicated his considerable energies to writing, including a book written with his wife and two colleagues, Taking Women Seriously: Lessons and legacies for Educating the Majority. Dr. Tidball had been a student of Rudolf Steiner since 1948. He was the author of Jesus, Lazarus, and the Messiah: Unveiling Three Christian Mysteries (2005) and Holy Visions, Sacred Stories: Realities from the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (2012).

Robert Powell, PhD, is an internationally known lecturer, author, eurythmist, and movement therapist. He is founder of the Choreocosmos School of Cosmic and Sacred Dance, and cofounder of the Sophia Foundation of North America. He received his doctorate for his thesis The History of the Zodiac, available as a book from Sophia Academic Press. He is the author and coauthor of numerous work, including The Sophia Teachings (a six-tape series), as well as numerous books on star wisdom (Astrosophy), the divine feminine (Sophia), the Christian Mysteries, and sacred movement. He has also been a contributing editor of the annual journal Star Wisdom. He translated the spiritual classic Meditations on the Tarot and co-translated Valentin Tomberg’s Lazarus, Come Forth! Robert teaches a gentle form of healing movement: the sacred dance of eurythmy, as well as the Cosmic Dances of the Planets and signs of the zodiac. Through the Sophia Grail Circle, Robert facilitates sacred celebrations dedicated to the Divine Feminine. He has also offered numerous workshops in Europe and Australia, and with Karen Rivers, cofounder of the Sophia Foundation, and has led pilgrimages to the world’s sacred sites since 1996.

Christopher Bamford is Editor in Chief for SteinerBooks and its imprints. A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has lectured, taught, and written widely on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions. He is the author of The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity (1990) and An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West(2003). He has also translated and edited numerous books, including Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness (1982);Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science; and The Noble Traveller: The Life and Writings of O. V. de L. Milosz (all published by Lindisfarne Books).

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Christopher Bamford




May 2005






Steiner Books


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