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Kings and Prophets

Saul, David, Solomon, Elijah, Jonah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah

December 2006
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st December 2006
  • ISBN 9780863155734
  • Language English
  • Pages 380 pp.

In an age when much of the Bible is considered irrelevant, it may be the prophets of the Old Testament who are proclaimed least relevant of all. What significance could such obscure historical figures have for our modern world? At best, they are may be thought of as examples of moral uprightness and devotion. Emil Bock, on the other hand, asserts that they are very relevant indeed.

Bock shows that the true pulse of the spirit of the age was beating among the Israelite Hebrews of the final pre-Christian millennium. They were the brightly illuminated center of world history, a focus for all human life and endeavors. He paints a picture of the Old Testament prophets that shows them being guided from above by the Christ spirit as they prepared the way for his human incarnation. In a parallel analogy, he shows how the prophets can help prepare our own souls to meet Christ.

Emil Bock

Emil Bock (1895–1959) was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1895. He studied German and modern languages at the University of Bonn and, after joining the army, was wounded at the war front in Flanders. In 1916, while still in the army, he met the famous evangelical preacher, Friedrich Rittelmeyer, in Berlin. After his release from the military, he studied Protestant theology in Berlin and later attended priest courses with Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart and Dornach. With Rittelmeyer, Bock helped establish the Christian Community (the movement for religious renewal) in 1922 and soon became its leader, a position he held until his death. In November, 1922, Bock married Grete Seumer, with whom he had four children. He remained a priest, writer, and lecturer until his death in Stuttgart. Bock's many books include Genesis; Moses; Kings and Prophets; Caesars and Apostles, The Three Years; Saint Paul; and The Childhood of Jesus.