The two contradicting genealogies of Jesus in the Gospels have long puzzled biblical scholars. Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research led him to a controversial theological conclusion—that there were twoJesus boys born into twoholy families. The two boys, he says, were necessary as part of the spiritual preparation of forming a suitable human body for the incarnation of Christ into the earthly realm. Both apocryphal texts and the writings of the Essenes (discovered at Qumran near the Dead Sea) now seem to support this view, with references to messianic figures from both royal and priestly lines.
Various authors have developed Rudolf Steiner’s observations—first presented in the early twentieth century—although much of this literature lacks the rigor of accurate and broad scholarship. The Two Jesus Boysis not just a derivative rehash of those previous publications but offers a fresh investigation of primary sources, coupled with an objective determination that allows the facts to speak for themselves. Christoph Rau thus reaches the unavoidable conclusion that Rudolf Steiner’s presentation of a chronology of the two births needs revision. Further, the most recent discoveries and interpretations of Essene scrolls reveal that the Jewish sect expected not one but threeMessiahs.
Rau quotes from and analyzes numerous documents from the landscape of early Christianity and Judaism. His findings provide a secure foundation for the historical existence of two Jesus boys in the prelude to Christ’s incarnation on Earth, as well as a revelation of the Essenes’ long expectation of three Messiahs.
C O N T E N T S:
1. The Riddle of the Two Genealogical Trees
2. Two Childhoods
3. Astonishing Discoveries
4. The New Insight is Cosmically Anchored and Confirmed in Writing
5. Contradictions—Reasons and Objections
6. Preparation for the Unique Union
7. The Mystery of the Twelve-Year-Old Jesus
8. The Actual Chronology as the Solution to the Contradiction
9. The Death of Zechariah—a Milestone for the True Dating of Events
10. Zarathustra and the Star of the Wise Men
11. Zarathustra’s Becoming and Progress
12. Krishna and the Heavenly Adam-soul
13. John and the Earthly Adam-soul
14. Buddha and the Nathan–Jesus Boy
15. Two Prophecies of the Messiah and their Fulfillment
16. The Three Messianic Figures in the Essene Writings
17. The Letter to the Hebrews—an Early Answer to Essene Expectations
18. The Further Effects of the Messianic Prophecy
1. The Childhood of Jesus, According to Matthew 1–2
2. The Childhood of Jesus, According to Luke 1–2
3. The Protevangelium of James
4. From the Quran
CHRISTOPH RAU was born in 1928 in Germany and grew up in a Lutheran vicarage. He studied theology in Berlin and Rostock, trained in music in Leipzig, and became a priest of The Christian Community in Stuttgart. For decades he researched the structure of the Gospels, publishing his results in monographs on Matthew, Mark, and John (1972) and a comprehensive work, Die Vier um den Einen(Four around the One, 2008), on the four Gospels and their authors. He coedited German translations of the New Testament by Emil Bock (1980) and Heinrich Ogilvie (1996) and edited the literary estate of Michael Bauer in five volumes (1985-97). He also wrote his biography, Michael Bauer und seine Lebensbegegnung mit Friedrich Rittelmeyer(1995).