The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner

Volume 2: Origin and Growth of his Insights

Emil Bock; Translated by Lynda Hepburn

Available to buy

Quick Look

Explores some of the themes and ideas in Steiner's work as they came about in the course of his life. The second of two volumes.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of Human Life; Art & Literature
240 pages
Publication date:
21 May 2009


Emil Bock lectured widely on Rudolf Steiner after the Second World War, and during the course of his research he uncovered many previously unknown aspects of Steiner’s life. This book, the second of two volumes, explores some of the themes and ideas in Steiner’s work, as well as exploring the nature of destiny.

The early years of Jesus, the Christmas festival and the break from the Theosophical Society to the Anthroposophical Society are just some of the many themes and events covered in this comprehensive study. Bock also examines the circle of people around Steiner at this time and, using Steiner's ideas on karma and reincarnation, draws interesting parallels with Rome, Byzantium, Ephesus and the Grail Castle.


'This is the second part of Emil Bock's monumental biography of the great anthroposophist. More than a life history, this volume explores the development of Steiner's thought, from Theosophy to Anthroposophy and beyond … If you enjoyed Volume One, you will find much of interest here.'
-- Inner Light Magazine

'The most comprehensive account of the life of Rudolf Steniner'
-- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review Summer 2009

'Emil Bock is able to communicate and make accesible his enthusiasm and understanding of anthroposhophy and Rudolf Steniers mission... The reader can certainly feel animated to explore further'
-- Nicholas Wijnberg, Perspectives, Dec 2009 - Feb 2010

'Volume II presents many of the very interesting and provocative ideas that were espoused by Rudolph Steiner. Also interesting are the author's insights and views on Steiner's life's work, destny and the role he played in shaping human consciousness.'
--The Beacon, Jan-March 2010


Emil Bock (1895–1959) was one of the founders of the Christian Community in 1922, and led the movement from 1938 until his death.

Other Floris Books you might enjoy:

Just feel like browsing?

Browse our catalogues

Interested in an author?

Discover authors