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Commentary on Old Testament Stories, by Roy Wilkinson


Commentary on Old Testament Stories, by Roy Wilkinson

"Perspectives on Old Testament stories from the Creation to the return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity, and the story of Esther.The following notes are intended to be elucidations of the Old Testament stories in the light of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science. With the exception of the Creation, where the actual Biblical text is used, a summary of each story is given, followed by indications of its background significance. It must not be concluded, however, that such explanation as is offered is the only one. The author writes as a student and not as an authority. Where a direct interpretation from Dr. Steiner or other source is given, this is stated. Where there are particular problems in finding a satisfactory explanation, this is also indicated. It is obvious that much of what is contained here will be better understood after an intensive study of Anthroposophy."

 -- Roy Wilkinson

"Mr. Wilkinson summarizes the stories in an easily readable manner and then comments very concisely on their more significant aspects. Rudolf Steiner gave many indications about the Old Testament but they are scattered throughout his work and Mr. Wilkinson has 'digested' these and related them to the appropriate stories. He also refers to valuable non-biblical sources such as the legends surrounding the birth of Abraham. He relates the events to contemporary happenings in other cultures, for example that the exodus from Egypt took place at about the same time as the fall of Troy."

--Peter Button

Roy Wilkinson was an indefatigable teacher of children, lecturer, author, and inspirer of many people in the Waldorf movement in the UK and abroad, right up to his death at the age of 90 in 2007.