The first of the Steiner books in Dutch is from the time that Steiner still stood with one leg in the Theosophical Society of H.P. Blavatsky. He was asked later why he didn’t change the title, but he didn’t want to. Theosophy is the essential Steiner book. In fairly simple terms he gives his view on the world, the constitution of man, what happens when you die and how he came to these ideas. Essential read in any case and when you want to read Steiner, I suggest you start with this one.
1902 Steiners first book about the mystery-tradition and initiation. The detailed information that you grow used to is this time about ancient mysteries in the schools of ancient Greece, Platon, Egypt and then Steiner speaks at length about the gospels and early and later Christianity. Some people feared that Steiner had become Christian, but his ideas are too radical and as we shall see, he kept an open eye to other convictions.
In 1909 Steiner had a series of discourses about the Cosmic hierarchies. In these early days Steiner was still under Theosophical influences and there is quite some Eastern information. Steiner gives his views that he obtained by clairvoyant investigation and this book is one of these which may be a bit over the top for people who are not familiar with Steiners way of getting and giving information. As always the information is very detailed and (at least to me) very interesting. Not the everyday things or even ‘every day spiritual information’, but something to use (or not of course) in your larger worldview.
Lectures of early 1910 and late 1911 about esoteric Christianity. Steiner had clairvoyant abilities, but unlearned them when he thought they weren’t helpfull and relearned them in the ‘version’ that he thought better. When these abilities were not fully developed Steiner gave lectures partly based on information of other writers. This is one of such books. Later another book (see Mysterieplaatsen en Inwijdingswegen below) followed this one, but is totally based on clairvoyant investigations. Here you will learn about the hidden meanings of Christian feasts and symbols and later about Rosicrucianity and Christianity.
‘Mysteryplaces and ways of initiation’ is -as the title suggests- about the parth of initiation. Steiner begins in times long past (before Lemuria) and especially speaks with the rites of the myteries of Efeze (ancient Greece) and Hibernia (Ireland) in detail. The information he got with his clairvoyant abilities, he has been watching the rites instead of reading about them. This is -of course- very interesting if you take it that Steiners information is correct. Lateron Steiner also speaks about the Rosicrucian school and some of its literature.
The lectures were given before Christmas 1923 in a difficult time for the Antroposophical Society. The first Goetheanum had just burned down and Steiner wanted to reform the Society.
Of the massive amount of lectures of Steiner there are as many reproductions in book. The lectures of this book were about the gospel of Saint Luke, there are also books about the other three gospels. Steiner gives his highly original ideas about this famous texts. Ideas that he got by looking in the “akasha chronicles”. In this way Luke becomes a very interesting story and Steiner speaks about Zoroastric and Buddhistic influences on the text, the story and Christianity in general. He even goes so far to say that there were two babies Jesus, one ‘Zoroastric’ and one ‘Buddhistic’!