The Gospel of St. John
12 lectures, Hamburg, May 18-31, 1908 (CW 103)
During Pentecost 1908 – seven years after he had given the world his book Christianity As Mystical Fact and the first intimation of the consequences of his Christ experience – Rudolf Steiner began his great work of renewing humanity’s understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha and its meaning for human and earthly evolution. Accordingly, he turned to the deepest, most spiritual of the Gospels – that of the initiate St. John.
In this lecture course, readers will find that the incarnation, death, and resurrection of the Divine Word, or Logos, reveals the mission of the Earth: Love. We learn of the mysteries behind Lazarus’ resurrection, the “I AM” sayings, and the seven degrees of initiation. We come to understand that the Gospel of St. John is a continuing spiritual presence – to be recalled, meditated, and permeated with one’s own life. In doing so, we realized that our purpose – and that of all humankind – is to become the Virgin Sophia, a receptacle for the Holy Spirit.
All of Steiner’s work, as Marie Steiner writes in her introduction, was “to pave the way to Christ.” Indeed, at the conclusion of these lectures, Rudolf Steiner said: “It will come to be understood that Christianity is only beginning its influence and will fulfill its real mission only when it is understood in its true, spiritual form…. The more these lectures are understood in this sense, the better they will be understood as they were intended.”
This volume is essential if one is to truly understand Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of esoteric Christianity and its place in the world today and in the future.
- The Doctrine of the Logos
- Esoteric Christianity
- The Mission of the Earth
- The Raising of Lazarus
- The Seven Degrees of Initiation
- The “I AM”
- The Mystery of Golgotha
- Human Evolution in Its Relation to the Christ Principle
- The Prophetical Documents of the Origin of Christianity
- The Effect of the Christ Principle
- Christian Initiation
- The Nature of the Virgin Sophia and of the Holy Spirit
This volume is a translation from German of Das Johannes-Evangelium (GA 103).
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
Marie Steiner-von Sivers (1867–1948) was born in Wlotzlawek, in Russian Poland and grew up in St. Petersburg. She trained as an actor, but left the stage when she met Theosophy through Edouard Schuré, whose works she translated. In 1900, she met Rudolf Steiner, whom she later married and worked alongside in the development of Anthroposophy. She died in Beatenberg, Switzerland.