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Scholarly talk on the nature of interpretation and the Covenant, given at Foundation Hall of the House of Worship in Wilmette.
Talk given on July 27, 1997. Distributed on a series of two cassette tapes, © 1997 National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the U.S. Recorded, and posted here, with permission of speaker. Punctuation and paragraph breaks added by transcriber, and need further proofreading.

Remembering Shoghi Effendi as Interpreter

by Glenford Mitchell

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1997 marks the centenary of the Birth of Shoghi Effendi. There are no celebrations of the occasion official or otherwise, because Shoghi Effendi did not wish his birthday to be celebrated. He made this clear in writing to commemorate any event associated with his life would be tantamount to a departure from those established truths that are enshrined within our beloved Faith. However there is nothing to stop us from remembering him, indeed how can we forget so unique and indispensable a figure of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh. Since I have been offered an opportunity[a] very welcome [one] I should say, and a pleasant opportunity of being with you today, I invite you to join me in remembering Shoghi Effendi as interpreter.

It is only fair, I think, to tell you that the talk I am about to give will be lengthy. It comprises [of] three parts. The first part is the Word as Genesis, second interpreting the Word and third the literature of interpretation. Now, perhaps you have heard that phrasing before because I have been involved is some form of resurrection... and ..not as spectacular as that involved Lazarus but it was some form of resurrection because some years ago I wrote an article by this title which was published in the World Order magazine [online here] so since I assume most of you have not heard about this article I take a chance and bring a large of it chunk to your attention. So then let's begin.

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