Re: Lawh-i-Aqdas

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Posted by Jonah Winters ( on March 25, 2002 at 17:16:42:

In Reply to: Lawh-i-Aqdas posted by anon on March 25, 2002 at 10:27:29:

I searched my private digital library, which includes all the content at plus the Taherzadeh and Balyuzi series and other items not online, but with no luck. While I found a couple hundred instances of the name "Murad," none seemed relevant. I suspect that this individual's identity is not known, or is historically not significant. I make that guess also from the fact that there is no footnote given for this passage in the book Tablets of Baha'u'llah, which makes me suspicious that perhaps the Research Dept. does not know his identity either.

There are some sources listed in Bibliography for the Tablets of Baha'u'llah 1868-77 that might help. Here's the relevant section:

Lawh-i -Aqdas (The Most Holy Tablet, Tablet to the Christians, first Tablet to Faris the Physician) MaA 3-9; AQA1 138-144; Alwah-i Baha'u'llah... sura-yi haykal 163-172; St. Petersb. Ms see Rosen2 Ms246. Translation in Tablets of Baha'u'llah 7-17, Baha'i Studies Bulletin June 1993, for earlier trans. see Sours book A Study of Baha'u'llah's Tablet to the Christians, 7. French trans. by Dreyfus and Chirazi 1905 bound with 'Les paroles cachees'; French transl. by Dreyfus Oeuvre1. Promised Day is Come 165-68 (related quotations); Rev. of Baha'u'llah vol.3 6, 11; vol.4 277-35, 352-53.

The most lengthy examination of this Tablet is Michael Sours' 212-page book A Study of Baha'u'llah's Tablet to the Christians. See also Jack McLean's review of this book in Journal of Baha'i Studies 2:3 87-89; mention in Christopher Buck "Baha'u'llah and Cross-Cultural Messianism" in In Iran (SBBR vol.3) 164-65; on Christianity in the Writings of Baha'u'llah (though with few mentions of this particular Tablet), see also Jack McLean "The Deification of Jesus" in World Order 14:3-4 (1989) 23-45, William S. Hatcher "Baha'u'llah to the Christians" in World Order 1:2 (1966) 25-33, Juan Cole "Behold the Man: Baha'u'llah on the Life of Jesus" in Journal of the American Academy of Religion LXV/1 47-71, available online at /~jrcole/bahai/bhjesu.htm, and Cole "The Christian-Muslim Encounter and the Baha'i Faith" in World Order Winter 1977-78 14-28.


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