The Three Years

The Life of Christ Between Baptism and Ascension

Emil Bock; Translated by Alfred Heidenreich

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Emil Bock reveals a new understanding of the Jesus' incarnation on earth and rediscovers the miracles of the Gospels for the skeptical mind.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
336 pages
Publication date:
24 Nov 2005
3rd edition


How can a scientifically-minded person approach the healings and miracles of the Gospels, including such events as the raising of Lazarus and the Resurrection itself?

Emil Bock rediscovers the works of Christ without minimizing the difficulties. He brings together historical records and the geographical background of the Gospels, all the while keeping sight of their spiritual wisdom.

Bock considers the Gospel of John to give the most precise record of the events of Christ's three year ministry, as well as being the Gospel with the deepest esoteric significance. This profound study reveals a new understanding of Jesus' incarnation on earth.

Table of Contents

1. Apollonius of Tyana and Jesus of Nazareth
2. The Beginning of Christ's Ministry
3. The Call of the Discplies
4. Stages of Incarnation
5. Christ the Teachers
6. Christ the Healer
7. Raising from the Dead in the Gospels
8. Outstanding Personalities on the Periphery
9. Pilate: The Trial of Jesus
10. The Events of Holy Week
11. The Sphere of the Risen Christ
12. The Teaching of the Risen Christ
13. The Stages of the Risen Christ


'It is a great joy to reread Emil Bock's classic work, The Three Years, now in a new revised edition. The Three Years is one of the great classics of theology in The Christian Community. There is not space in a review such as this to do justice to the riches of this great book. Bock's method, which involves close study of the Gospel text, an awareness of the geographical mysteries of the life of Christ, and an imaginative and undogmatic relationship to the work of Rudolf Steiner, creates a rich tapestry. Every page gives food for thought, expressing new ideas or cladding ideas dimly understood with breadth and depth.'
-- Tom Ravetz, Perspectives, Christmas 2006


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

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