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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  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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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                    NOTES

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