Jesus, Lazarus and the Messiah

Unveiling Three Christian Mysteries

Charles S. Tidball with Robert Powell



No one who has ever paused over the incomprehensible claim that Jesus is fully human and fully divine, and who has studied the Church’s writhing attempts to explicate that claim, should be surprised that the transcendent appears to contradict the evident. Tidball’s book moves beyond orthodox paradoxes to lay out a complex interpretation of the person of Jesus that strives to reconcile textual contradictions (such as distinct genealogies in Matthew and Luke), and to explicate his cosmic significance using sources outside the mainstream of the tradition…. Tidball and his co-author Robert Powell offer a remarkable opportunity to consider the inexhaustible meaning of the Christ, particularly seen as the confluence of cosmic intentions for the divinization of humanity—an expectation for us clearly articulated in the great theologian Arthanasius. Not the least of what amazes here is Tidball’s commitment and the consistency of his achieved synthesis.

— The Rev. Canon Michael Wyatt,
Canon Theologian and Director of Education at the Cathedral College, Washington National Cathedral

At the heart of the mystery of Christianity, we encounter the divinity of Jesus Christ—the revelation of the descent of God from the spiritual world into the material world for the sake of humanity. To unveil the meaning of this cosmic event, authors Charles Tidball and Robert Powell (in his two chapters) draw on four very different sources: the Gospels themselves, medieval and Renaissance tradition and art, the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich, and the spiritual science, or Anthroposophy, of Rudolf Steiner.

Viewing the former in the light of the latter, the authors unravel three key riddles: the nature of Jesus, the identity of Lazarus and the meaning of his initiatory “raising from the dead,” and the Messianic mystery of the incarnation of the Christ. In the process, much is learned of the actual dating of the Gospel events, as well the repercussions of these events in history.

This is a book for all those who want a deeper understanding of the New Testament Gospels and, especially, for those interested in the “Jesus mysteries.”

Humanity as a whole produced evangelists as mediators, who provided revelations that can be understood only gradually. These scriptures will be understood more and more as humanity progresses.

—Rudolf Steiner, 1911

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