Charts and Tabulations

Preface

This is a “study-help” section, intended to serve initially as a tool in the assimilation process, and thereafter as a refresher, thought-organizer, research or meditational aid. It may even help the advanced student of anthroposophy to gain some insight into the content of Rudolf Steiner’s books or lecture cycles not yet studied.

It is in this latter way that I have been greatly helped by my effort to assemble this section, for I had been able to study only a fraction of Steiner’s works before beginning to write this work in 1994. This is an inherent problem for anthroposophists, simply from the dimensions of Steiner’s legacy. In his lectures, perhaps even more than in his writings, Steiner often dashed off graphic illustrations of what was being presented. To do any justice whatsoever to the title of this section, I deemed it necessary to go through every Steiner title in my library (then consisting of only about three hundred of the more significant titles), whether or not previously studied, merely to accumulate the large pool from which the selections herein were taken.

Each illustration not previously encountered required some study of its context, so that the whole process became a primary bridge between the books previously considered and those not yet studied. In general, few of the innumerable pictorial sketches of an impressionistic sort are included. The process of selection itself required a certain editorial discipline, for every instance had purpose and meaning. Each illustration below is identified to its source, and any related comment is only such as is necessary or appropriate to indicate a possible direction of thinking (though in some cases considerable commentary is given). The reader will always, of course, be richly rewarded in studying the original material.

 I tried to put the most important charts at the first, while at the same time trying to order them in something of a logical progression. After the first several charts, it became quite difficult to adjudge relative importance; for after all, who is to determine that? And because all these matters are so inter-related, it also became more and more difficult to group them together logically. Consequently, as the sequence progresses, there may be less significance to the order.

Since this work is intended to be primarily an exploration of the Bible in the light of what is now available in English through anthroposophy, it would be a shame to foreclose full investigation by becoming bogged down too early in the game with what is indeed a complex body of knowledge. A widely loved law professor once told us students that the practice of law is a marathon—“don’t burn yourselves out!” Later, as a marathoner, I learned how important it is to pace myself by my own being and capacity. While this entire work cannot begin to express all that Steiner’s teachings encompassed, still this Charts and Tabulations section covers an immense amount of anthroposophy, more than can possibly be addressed in the later portions. To expect to read it through quickly and comprehendingly is to expect too much. Source identification will be according to the abbreviations listed for all references in the “Abbreviations and Bibliography” section.

 
 
 
   
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