The Apocalypse in Rudolf Steiner's Lecture Series

Charles Kovacs

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  • Explains Rudolf Steiner's thoughts on apocalyptic imagery, based on his lectures about the Book of Revelation
  • Considers imagery such as the four beasts, the four riders and the New Jerusalem
  • Illustrated with Kovacs’ own colour paintings

Insights into the imagery of the Apocalypse as described by Steiner.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
16 colour & 16 b/w illustrations
112 pages
Publication date:
25 Jul 2013


In 1908, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of lectures about the Book of Revelation. He showed that the messages to the seven churches and the unsealing of the seven seals should be understood as references to initiation. In this light, the great images of the Apocalypse take on new meaning.

As well as being a Steiner-Waldorf class teacher, Charles Kovacs was much in demand as an experienced and insightful lecturer for adults. In this book, he helps us make sense of the apocalyptic imagery, including the four beasts, the four riders, the woman clothed with the sun, and the New Jerusalem.

The book is illustrated with Kovacs' own colour paintings.


Charles Kovacs was born in Austria. He left in 1938 and joined the British Army in East Africa. After the War he settled in Britain, and in 1956 he took over a class at the Rudolf Steiner School in Edinburgh, where he remained a class teacher until his retirement in 1976. He died in 2001. His extensive lesson notes have been a useful and inspiring resource material for many teachers; he also gave over 300 lectures to adults and was in demand as a speaker. He is the author of Parsifal and the Search for the Grail, The Age of Revolution, Ancient Greece, The Age of Discovery, Ancient Rome, Botany, Muscles and Bones, The Human Being and the Animal World, and The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals.

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