Gems of Divine Mysteries and Other Early Tablets by Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá’í History & Texts
7 weeks
Weekly Study
May 6-Jun 23
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May 13, 2021

Gems of Divine Mysteries and Other Early (Baghdad Period) Tablets by Bahá'u'lláh completes the study of Bahá'u'lláh’s early tablets that begins in the course on Bahá'u'lláh’s Early Mystic Writings. In this course we will focus on Gems of Divine Mysteries, a treatise that Bahá'u'lláh tells us he wrote “in reply to a seeker who had asked how the promised Mihdí could have become transformed into ‘Alí-Muhammad (the Báb).”

Part of Gems of Divine Mysteries is similar to the mystical Seven Valleys, while other parts are similar to the later-revealed Kitáb-i-Iqan. Consequently, Gems of Divine Mysteries can be said to mark the transition of the proclamation of Bahá'u'lláhs mission from mystics (mysticism) to divines (prophecy). We will also study other tablets, usually in provisional translations, including the Sura of Counsel (Surah-i-Nush); the City of Divine Unity (Madinat al-Tawhid); the Suffering of the Exalted Letters; the Tablet of Liberation (in which Bahá'u'lláh frees a slave); and the Sura of Patience (also known as the Tablet of Job), revealed on April 22, 1863, on the first day of Ridvan.

Recommended Text: The Pen of Glory (hard cover edition product code PGHT and softcover edition product code PGT). The Bahá’í Publishing Trust is offering 25% off either edition when ordered via The coupon code is WIPG. This code can be used until May 31, 2021.

The Pen of Glory is a compilation taken from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. The Tablets include Gems of Divine MysteriesTablet to Mánikchi Sáhib, Tablet to Mirza Abd’l-Fadl in response to questions of Mánikchi Sáhib, Tablet of the Seven Questions (Lawh-i-Haft Pursish), and two other tablets.

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Christopher Buck, PhD
Author; Adjunct Faculty, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Christopher Buck (PhD, JD) attorney and independent scholar, is the author of several books, including: Bahá’í Faith: The Basics (2020), God & Apple Pie (2015), with an introduction by J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University), Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009, “an original contribution to American studies,” Journal of American History, June 2011), Alain Locke:... See Faculty Bio

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