The Nativity

Nowhere more than in the two Biblical Nativity accounts is the result of Steiner’s intuition more penetrating or astonishing, nowhere more nobly prophetic in rending the ages-long veil of darkness to reveal mighty truths hidden in holy scripture from the first. In the Biblical account of humanity’s Fall from the spiritual world to gain self-knowledge and its return journey to that world, the Nativity is the central point, representing both the nadir, the farthest descent of the Prodigal humanity, and the zenith, the entry of Spirit into the material world in human form so that humanity would fall no farther and could now begin the reascent. Thus the Nativity can be seen imaginatively as both the bottom point and the top point of the Star of David, with the two left-hand points representing the Creation (Gen 1-3) and the right-hand points representing the Revelation (Apocalypse of St. John). (See I-87 for the esoteric significance of the Star of David.)

For the first time humanity can witness the holy wedding between the masculine Matthew and the feminine Luke accounts, long recognized not to be the same, but only now seen in their foreordained sacred union. Gone now are the conflicts, the seeming inconsistencies; essential now the long disdained and ignored genealogical components and other elements heretofore seen as mere appendages. The two interdependent and “non-synoptic” versions of the Incarnation, and indeed of all the Biblical account, are shown to have a deep integrity.

The casual reader should be cautioned, however, that judgment should be put on hold until the account can be seen in the context of a broader understanding of anthroposophy. Otherwise, it may appear bizarre in the extreme.

The primary Steiner reference sources for the nativity are The Gospel of St. Luke (GSL), Lects. 2-7; The Gospel of St. Matthew (GSMt), Lects. 1-7; and The Gospels (GOSP). We will consider the Nativity to comprise the following scripture: Mt 1-2 and Lk 1-2 and 3,23-38.

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