By Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) held these lectures on Genesis in August of 1910 in Munich in Germany. Click here to read all the lectures.
These lectures must be seen as a lecture cycle of ten consecutive lectures to the same group of attendees. One can recognize many details described here from his book “Geheimwißenschaft der Umriß” (“Occult Science”) that was published just a few years before these lectures were given.
These lectures were offered to people who were very familiar with the terminology, concepts and content of Theosophy (later Anthroposophy). When one reads this lecture cycle, one should keep this in mind.
The importance of these ten lectures on genesis lays in the fact that Steiner correlates the “Seven Days of the Creation” in the Jewish tradition (Old Testament) with modern Spiritual Science and occidental nomenclature.
At this time, Rudolf Steiner was still the General Secretary of the Theosophical Society of Germany. The Theosophical Society was (in collaboration with Charles Webster Leadbeather (1854-1934) and Col. Henry Steele Olcott established by Madame HP Blavatsky-von Hahn (1831-1891) in New York City in 1875.
In 1912, a final separation took place between the General Theosophical Society and the newly-founded Anthroposophic Society Rudolf Steiner wanted that Spiritual Science should add results of modern (Western) science to its teachings.
A great portion of the old members of the Theosophical Society from England, France, and especially from the Netherlands, were inwardly displeased by the innovations offered them at the Munich congress. What it would have been well to understand, but what was clearly grasped at that time by exceedingly few, was the fact that the anthroposophic current had given something of an entirely different bearing from that of the Theosophical Society up to that time.
“IN THIS INNER BEARING LAY THE TRUE REASON WHY THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY COULD NO LONGER EXIST AS A PART OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY.”