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Abstract:
Thematic index to the Guardian's key historical work.

God Passes By:
A Study Guide

by Horace Holley

Wilmette, IL: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1970
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GOD PASSES BY

Study Guide
by
Horace Holley



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GOD PASSES BY

Study Guide

Subjects and References
for
Individual Study
or
Group Discussion

BAHA'I PUBLISHING TRUST
WILMETTE, ILLINOIS
U.S.A.



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Reprinted 1970

Approved / Reviewing Committee
of
National Assembly


Printed in U.S.A.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FOREWORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
  • I THE BAHA'I DISPENSATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
  • II TABLETS AND WORKS OF BAHA'U'LLAH . . . . . . . . 9
  • III EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE MANIFESTATIONS . . . 10
  • IV THE MINISTRY OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA . . . . . . . . . 13
  • V THE UNFOLDMENT OF WORLD ORDER . . . . . . . . . 14
  • VI RECAPITULATION AND MEANINGS . . . . . . . . . 17
  • SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
  • NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

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STUDY OUTLINE for GOD PASSES BY

In God Passes By the Guardian has given the Bahá'ís a work which combines and correlates exposition of the Teachings, summary of the historical events, presentation of the Persons of the Bab, Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá in their spiritual significance, and statements on their principal Tablets and Works. To grasp so great a range of material, frequent reading and rereading are essential, for the essence of this book lies in its unity of treatment of diverse aspects of all that constituted the origin and development of the Faith in its first century.

There are, however, recurrent themes and subjects which can be brought together for purposes of closer study and fuller understanding - great avenues down which we can proceed in order to concentrate attention upon the organic themes one at a time.

This Study Outline attempts to provide access to six different themes which are dominant in all sections of the book. It is therefore a subjects index which can be used for continuous study and discussion by a group, or occasional reference by the individual student. In addition, the outline supplies a list of supplementary references, as for example those which indicate the successive passages in which the Guardian deals with the enemies who have assailed the Cause from within.

Experience has shown that attempts to conduct study classes on God Passes By find it a formidable undertaking. Some type of outline is needed to facilitate assimilation of this great work by the Bahá'í community, and the present treatment is offered as an assistance.


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I
THE BAHA'I DISPENSATION

  • A. The Bab
    • 1. His Revelation and Claim
            pp. 4, 6-7, 10
    • 2. The Greater and Lesser Covenant
            pp. 27-31
    • 3. Significance of the Bab
      • a. His Independent Revelation
      • b. Herald of a New Era
              pp. 54-60
    • 4. Tablets and Works of the Bab
            pp. 22-27
  • B. Bahá'u'lláh
    • 1. Birth of the Bahá'í Revelation
            pp. 91-93
    • 2. Nature and Implications of Bahá'u'lláh's Revelation
            pp. 93-103
    • 3. Promulgation of the Kitab-i-Aqdas
            pp. 213-216
    • 4. Distinguishing Principles and Precepts
            pp. 216-219
    • 5. The Institution of the Covenant
            pp. 237-240

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II
TABLETS AND WORKS OF BAHA'U'LLAH

  • 1. First Writings
          pp. 120-121
  • 2. Writings in 'Iraq
          pp. 137-138
  • 3. Kitab-i-Iqan
          pp. 138-193
  • 4. Hidden Words
          pp. 138-139
  • 5. Seven Valleys and Four Valleys
          pp. 140-141
  • 6. Tablet of the Holy Mariner
          p. 147
  • 7. Tablet of the Howdah
          p. 157
  • 8. Writings in Adrianople
          pp. 171-172, 177
  • 9. Writings in 'Akka
          pp. 205-206, 216, 219-220

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III
EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE MANIFESTATIONS

    A. The Bab
    • 1. The Bab's Declaration to Mulla Husayn
            pp. 5-6
    • 2. Enrollment of the Letters of the Living
            pp. 7-8
    • 3. Pilgrimage to Mecca
            pp. 8-9
    • 4. Examined by Representatives of the Shah
            pp. 11-12
    • 5. Arrest in Shiraz
            p. 13
    • 6. Sojourn in Isfahan
            p. 13-16
    • 7. Confinement in Mah-Ku
            pp. 16-19
    • 8. Confinement in Chihriq
            pp. 19-21
    • 9. Second Examination of the Bab; Public Assertion of His Claims
            pp. 21-22
    • 10. Correspondence with Bahá'u'lláh
            p. 31

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III
EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE MANIFESTATION
(Cont.)

    • 11. Inauguration of the Babi Dispensation;
            Conference of Badasht
            pp. 31-34
    • 12. Documents, Seals and Rings sent to Bahá'u'lláh
            p. 51
    • 13. Martyrdom of the Bab
            pp. 50-54
  • B. Bahá'u'lláh
    • 1. Leadership after the Death of the Bab
            pp. 67-70
    • 2. Imprisonment in Siyah-Chal
            pp. 71-72
    • 3. Exile to Baghdad
            pp. 104-106, 108-109
    • 4. Retirement to Kurdistan
            pp. 114-120, 122-124
    • 5. Return to Baghdad
            p. 126
    • 6. Challenge to the Clergy
            pp. 143-144
    • 7. Exile to Constantinople
            pp. 148-149, 157

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III
EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE MANIFESTATION
(Cont.)

  • B. Bahá'u'lláh (Cont.)
    • 8. Declaration to His Followers
            pp. 151-155
    • 9. Exile to Adrianople
            pp. 159-162
    • 10. Proclamation to the Kings and Religious Leaders from Adrianople
            pp. 158-159, 170, 172-176
    • 11. Imprisonment in 'Akka
            pp. 179-182
    • 12. Interrogation by Governor of 'Akka
            pp. 190-191
    • 13. Release from Confinement
            pp. 192-193
    • 14. On Mount Carmel
            p. 194
    • 15. Leadership
            pp. 194-195
    • 16. Proclamation to the Kings and Religious Leaders from 'Akka
            pp. 206-213
    • 17. Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
            pp. 221-223

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IV
THE MINISTRY OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA

  • 1. His station
          pp. 240-243
  • 2. His Mission
          pp. 252
  • 3. Shrine of the Bab
          pp. 273, 276-277
  • 4. Investigation by Plenary Commission of the Sultan
          pp. 269-272
  • 5. Two Journeys to the West
          pp. 280-281
  • 6. Exposition of Bahá'í Principles
          pp. 281-282
  • 7. In America
          pp. 287-290
  • 8. Source of the Administrative Order
          pp. 324-326
  • 9. Will and Testament
          p. 328
  • 10. Nature of the Administrative Order
          pp. 326-327
  • 11. Prophecies
          pp. 315-316

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V
THE UNFOLDMENT OF WORLD ORDER

  • 1. Inauguration of Formative Period
          p. 329
  • 2. Establishment of Administrative Order
    • a. Preliminary Steps
            pp. 329-330
    • b. Local Spiritual Assemblies; Ordination of
            pp. 331-332
    • c. Local Spiritual Assemblies; Functions of
            p. 331
    • d. National Spiritual Assemblies; Institution of
            pp. 332-333
    • e. National Committees
            p. 333
    • f. Bahá'í National Constitutions
            pp. 334-336
    • g. Incorporation of Local Assemblies
            p. 336
    • h. National and Local Endowments
            pp. 337-339
  • 3. Collective Bahá'í Undertakings
    • a. Haziratu'l-Quds
            pp. 339-340
    • b. Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
            p. 340
    • c. Summer Schools
            p. 340-341
    • d. Youth Activity
            pp. 341-342
    • e. Nineteen Day Feast and Other Factors
            p. 342

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V.
THE UNFOLDMENT OF WORLD ORDER
(Cont.)

    • f. Public Conferences
            pp. 342-343
    • g. Contacts with Civil Authority
            pp. 343-345
    • h. World Administrative Center
            pp. 345-348
    • i. First Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of the West
            pp. 348-351
    • j. Teaching the Cause
            pp. 376-377, 379, 386-387
    • k. Martyrs and Heroes of the West
            p. 400
    • l. Development of Publications
            pp. 380-383
  • 4. Unfoldment of Administrative Order Under Impact of Hostile Forces
    • a. Emergence of World Community
            p. 354
    • b. Seizure of Keys of Holy Tomb
            p. 355
    • c. Developments in 'Akka and Haifa
            p. 356
    • d. Seizure of House in Baghdad
            pp. 356-360
    • e. Disruption of Communities in Turkistan and Caucasus
            pp. 360-361
    • f. Repression of Community in Germany
            pp. 361-362
    • g. Restrictions imposed in Persia
            pp. 362-363

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V
THE UNFOLDMENT OF WORLD ORDER
(Cont.)

  • 4. (Cont.)
    • h. Pronouncement of Islamic Court in Egypt
            pp. 364-366, 368
    • i. Civil recognition in Palestine
            p. 369
    • j. Bahá'í Status Maintained in Persia
            pp. 369-372
    • k. Civil recognition in the United States
            pp. 372-374
    • l. Independence of Faith Proclaimed in India, Iraq, Great Britain and Australia
            p. 374

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VI
RECAPITULATION AND MEANINGS

  • 1. The Four Periods of First Bahá'í Century
          pp. xiii - x
  • 2. Opening of Bahá'í Era
          p. 3
  • 3. Last Three Years of Ministry of the Bab
          pp. 17-18, 34.
  • 4. The Bab's Cup of Bitter Woes
          pp. 49-55.
  • 5. The Fertile Seeds of World Order
          pp. 79-86.
  • 6. Oppressions of the Babi Era
          pp. 89-97.
  • 7. Inauguration of Bahá'u'lláh's Ministry
          pp. 106-108.
  • 8. Turning Point in Bahá'í History
          pp. 127-128
  • 9. The Steed of Victory
          pp. 144-145
  • 10. The End of the Second Decade
          pp. 157-158
  • 11. Opening of Last Phase of Bahá'u'lláh's Ministry
          pp. 183-185

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VI
RECAPITULATION AND MEANINGS
(Cont.)

  • 12. The Bahá'í Era to the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
          pp. 223-224
  • 13. From the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh to the Proclamation of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
          pp. 244-245
  • 14. Effects of the Master's Journeys to the West
          p. 294
  • 15. The Ministry of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
          pp. 295-296, 307-308, 314-315
  • 16. The Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
          pp. 323-324
  • 17. Spread of the Cause in First Century
          pp. 378-379
  • 18. Recapitulation of Bahá'í History
          pp. 402-410
  • 19. Future Tasks and Victories
          pp. 410-412

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SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCE

  • 1. God-Sent Upheavals
          pp. 61-62.
  • 2. Fate of Enemies of the Bab
          pp. 81-85
  • 3. First Phase in Unfoldment of Bahá'u'lláh's Revelation
          pp. 109-111
  • 4. The Center of Sedition; Disintegration of the Babi Community
          pp. 112-115
  • 5. Ascendancy of Bahá'u'lláh; Regeneration of Community
          pp. 132-134
  • 6. Beginnings of Bahá'í Community in Adrianople
          pp. 176-177
  • 7. Mirza Yahya Cast Out
          pp. 163-164
          165-167
          169-170
  • 8. Death of the Purest Branch
          pp. 188-189
  • 9. Fate of the Enemies of Bahá'u'lláh
          pp. 224-233

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SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCES
(Cont.)

  • 10. Fate of Mirza Yahya
          p. 233
  • 11. Rebellion of Muhammad-'Ali; Crisis Not Schism
          pp. 245-251
  • 12. Covenant-Breakers Denounce 'Abdu'l-Bahá to the Government
          pp. 263-265
  • 13. Fate of the Covenant-Breakers
          pp. 317-320
  • 14. Violation of the Will and Testament
          pp. 327-328
  • 15. Achievements of American Bahá'í Community
          pp. 396-400

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