Genesis 1 metaphysical bible interpretation truth unity. The theory that the earth was created in a literal 6 days, composed of 6 twentyfour hour periods, holds that god created the universe and all life in six sequential natural days marked by. Metaphysical meanings of the seven days of the creation allegory. Edgar cayce on the book of revelation through cayces otherworldly journeys, he learned the true interpretation of the bible. The six days of creation and the seventh day of rest came from the hebraic ethos, which was well established long before the several creation stories of genesis were written.
Unity school for religious studies unity village, mo 64065. He says that the bible was never meant to be taken purely or even primarily in a literal sense, and he points out that the text is often confusing or even contradictory. Such is the popular view as to how genesis 1 narrates the creation story and how the universe was created out of waste and void. A careful reading of the genesis creation account reveals that the 24hour interpretation is ruled out by the actual genesis text. Inner meaning of the bible one of the most important elements of swedenborgs theology is the principle that the bible has an inner, spiritual meaning encoded within the text. Did you realize the bible is written in a secret code and once you understand the code, you unlock a whole deeper meaning of every chapter and every verse. Both scriptures are referring to the same beginning. Introduction to metaphysical bible interpretation allegories of genesis abraham joseph. I explore what this mean in the context of christianity and in relation to the. Metaphysical poetry is not intended to be read in a passive way, and its use of paradox, imagery and wit are meant to awaken the reader. The first definitive example of a day that is longer than 24hours can be found in the beginning of the genesis 2 creation account, which says that the entire six days of creation are one day.
First, we are to understand that all scripture is given by inspiration of god 2 tim. It would have been easier to have made it twice its present length. Moberlys the theology of the book of genesis examines the actual use made of genesis in current debates, not only in academic but also in popular contexts. Genesis is the symbolic testimony of humanitys fall from heaven and paradise lost. In ancient times, only those of the inner circle were allowed to know the inner teachings. The reformers sought the plain meaning of scripture. Genesis chapter 1 is a very fascinating way to explain the creation of the universe. Metaphysical definition is of or relating to metaphysics. In genesis, magid presents the lurianic interpretation of adams sin as a way to introduce their view of evil. The book of genesis is especially prone to this type of misunderstand. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in koine greek.
The bible is an esoteric book, meaning that it contains hidden information in addition to the obvious. While certain others added the book of joshua to the first five books, to form a six books unit they called, the hexateuch. Hairfield download the rise of the internet and all technologies related to it have made it a a metaphysical interpretation of the bible by steven l. Metaphysical bible dictionary independent alliance of ministers in. Kramer, who is the foremost proponent of the tubingen school of interpretation, presents the unwritten doctrines as the crown of platos system and the key revealing it. In the new testament it is quoted twentyseven times literally and thirtyeight times substantially. I cant remember how many articles i devoured as a kid trying to reconcile verses that didnt seem to make sense in the very first chapter of the bible. Free pdf book metaphysical bible dictionary by charles. The book of revelation, often called the revelation to john, or the apocalypse of john, is a book of the new testament that occupies a central place in christian eschatology. Apart from its being a book of great historical and biographical interest, the bible is, from genesis to revelation, in its inner or spiritual meaning, a record of the experiences and the development of the human soul and of the whole being of man.
Metaphysical bible interpretation of genesis chapter 1 metaphysically interpreting genesis 1. Allegorical interpretations of genesis are readings of the biblical book of genesis that treat elements of the narrative as symbols or types, rather than viewing them literally as recording historical events. This appears to conflict with bible passages which describe death as a. If you are looking for an expansive yet definitive explanation of the bible, then a metaphysical interpretation of the bible will fulfill your greatest expectations. Metaphysical bible interpretation acts to revelation. The beginning in the beginning god created the heavens and the earth. English philosophers either define metaphysics in terms of mental phenomena, as hamilton does, or restrict its field of inquiry to the problem of the value of knowledge, thus confounding it with epistemology, or go over to the hegelian point of view that metaphysics is the science of the genesis and development of dynamic categories of reality. Commentary on genesis 123 1 translators preface 2 facsimile of the title page to the 1578 english translation 12 epistle of thomas tymme the authors epistle dedicatory 15 the argument 23 chapter 1 30 genesis 1. Metaphysical interpretation of the book of genesis. The revealing word will help you find inner meaning for words in a way that will bring new depth of understanding and awareness to your daily life. According to cayce, the bible is the symbolic account of the fall of the human soul from its divine origins as symbolically described in the book of genesis and restoration of the human soul to heaven as symbolically. The current president of unity is connie fillmore bazzy, greatgranddaughter of the founder. These new thought versions of the books of the holy bible transforms the traditional content into a practical application to help you deal with the problems you are facing every day. One traditional interpretation of genesis 23 is that sin results in.
Still others tried, sometimes, to bind the first eight books in a unit they called the octateuch, to include the historical period up to the beginning of the era of. The tree of life is a term mentioned in the hebrew bible. Persons on spiritual fire are beings in search of meaning. Introduction to cayces interpretation of the revelation. It is a sign between me and the children of israel for ever. Yet those who study carefully the first chapter of sacred scripture deem this interpretation to be erroneous. Introduction and acknowledgements three things provide the foundation for a metaphysical understanding of the books of acts to revelation in the new testament. This book complements charles fillmores much larger work, metaphysical bible dictionary, which presents the meanings of scriptural proper names as well as places found in the bible. In many ways this passage has echoed throughout the thousands of years of middle east. As the statutes are divided into five books, the book of psalms is characterized by a similar system of division. Dec 31, 2019 this oneofakind volume presents the esoteric meanings of names and people, places, key words, and phrases found in the bible. An allegorical conclusion of the passage may conclude that these were not 24hour periods because stars were only created on the fourth day. The word of god is the food granted by the holy spirit to the church of christ, to let her live continually renovated in spiritual youth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of god was hovering over the waters. According to cayce, the bible is the symbolic account of the fall and restoration of the human soul to its divine origins. A metaphysical interpretation of the bible by steven l. A consciousness of being grounded in truth, or godmind, not in the bible. A critical and exegetical commentary on the book of genesis. Steven hairfield brings together the christ consciousness with the man, jesus.
A note on allegorical interpretation of scripture when we read the bible, it is important to know how to interpret what we are reading in a way that honors and upholds what the lord intended. Jul 01, 2017 what is the relationship between symbolic meaning and historicalliteral interpretation of stories in the bible. Metaphysical poetry asks the philosophical questions about. The holy bible is a book for the entire church, given by. Richard middleton for nearly two thousand years now the christian tradition has singled out genesis 1. Genesis to revelation, in its inner or spiritual meaning, a record of the experiences. My object, however, is to present the reader with a practical manual of spiritual development, and. The book of genesis is considered by many to be an allegorical source of morality and ethics. Maxine clarke beach comments pauls assertion in galatians 4. Literary critic and poet samuel johnson first coined the term metaphysical poetry in his book lives of the most eminent english poets 11791781. Traditional issues such as creation and fall stand. This one of akind volume presents the esoteric meanings of names and people, places, key words, and phrases found in the bible.
It is better to be unpopular but successful than to be impressive but lack substance. What is the relationship between symbolic meaning and historicalliteral interpretation of stories in the bible. The third level is spiritual or soulual and deals with the development of cosmic, or christic consciousness from self consciousness. Aug 17, 2012 genesis chapter 1 is a very fascinating way to explain the creation of the universe. Metaphysical bible interpretation of genesis chapter 1 metaphysically. This book is the distilled essence of years of bible and metaphysical study, and of the many lectures i have delivered. In this section you will find information on the mystical interpretation of passages in the old testament of the bible. The unity magazine carries articles on metaphysical topics. For humans, genesis 3 and other bible passages may be speaking primarily of spiritual death. This oneofakind volume presents the esoteric meanings of names and people, places, key words, and phrases found in the bible.
Genesis to revelation, in its inner or spiritual meaning. The seven day span in genesis, which has become universally accepted as the. Metaphysical new thought interpretation new thought versions. Bryson and others published an interpretation of genesis. This shows cyclic law is true, only if christians accept cyclic law and also every person as spiritual being in physical body, bible becomes so clear and easy to understand. This document has been generated from xsl extensible. The genesis text analyzed is the current traditional manuscript. Full text of metaphysical bible dictionary charles fillmore. Yet, basically, they speak of the same thing the beginning. Through his otherworldly journeys, cayce learned the true interpretation of the bible. The necessity of the study of hermeneutics follows from several considerations. What is wrong with the allegorical interpretation method.
Unity school of christianity by rick branch founder. Metaphysical bible interpretation acts to revelation amazon s3. Unity school of christianity profile watchman fellowship. Allegorical interpretation looks for a deeper, spiritual meaning within the text. Such interpretation as a literary work is based on the following assumptions. But is it a literal interpretation of how things came to be. A readily available example of this is an allegorical interpretation the books description of days passing during creation. Metaphysical definition of metaphysical by merriamwebster. It tells in a very few words how god first imaged man and the universe and then turned the development over to jehovah, who has been in a process of manifestation for ages and aeons. The text, for the purpose of literary analysis, is regarded as having been written by an author who is responsible for the final version of the text. Full text of metaphysical bible dictionary charles fillmore see other formats. As explained in the next paragraph, we are grounded in truth, not the bible. The allegorical or spiritualizing method of interpretation was prominent in the church for about 1,000 years until it was displaced during the reformation. The bible is an esoteric book, meaning that it contains hidden information in addition to the obvious, literal interpretation.
The theory that the earth was created in a literal 6 days, composed of 6 twentyfour hour periods, holds that god created the universe and all life in six sequential natural days marked by evenings and mornings. Namaste the official website of american monk steven. This is a book about the relationship of the two traditions of platonic interpretation the indirect and the direct traditions, the written dialogues and the unwritten doctrines. Either way, judaism and most sects of christianity treat genesis as canonical scripture, and believers generally regard it as having spiritual significance. Very cool book, it is fillmores interpretation of the bible but it opens you u. In ancient times, only those of the inner circle were allowed to.
Luann stevens, for transcribing these unity bible lessons from the pdf documents. Outline for this study of the book of revelationpages 1, 2, and top of page 3. The only reasonable interpretation of this part of genesis is an allegorical one. Read download metaphysical bible dictionary pdf pdf download. It is most important to understand that the book of revelation does not list the scenes and events in the same order in which they will actually occur. Free pdf book metaphysical bible dictionary by charles fillmore. Charles fillmore mysteries of genesis complete text at. John 1 is the new testament discourse on genesis 1, and when you understand the spiritual ramifications, this study becomes truly fascinating. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. A metaphysical interpretation of the bible by phd steven l. The ideas presented in this bible reference book are based on the teachings of jesus christ and are presented in a crossdenominational format. And god said, let there be light, and there was light.492 68 927 946 90 23 1068 1300 442 727 1115 72 1279 979 508 1278 453 274 1333 1012 701 1155 118 408 695 432 1106 847 1370 112 281 693 282 365