Catalogue Record: THEM00052
Treatise on Revelation
- Treatise on Revelation (Section 1)
- Treatise on Revelation (Section 2)
- Treatise on Revelation (Section 3)
Shelfmark: Yahuda Ms. 9
Location: National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
Sotheby Lot: SL247 and part of SL257
SL247 was bought at the Sotheby sale by Gabriel Wells for £42, and sold to Yahuda in mid-August 1936. It then seems that a substantial part of SL257 (which Yahuda bought from Maggs Brothers at about the same time) was added to it. The miscellaneous notes on religion constituting the rest of SL257 are now Yahuda Var. 1 Ms. 41, which may also contain some sheets taken from SL247.
ff. 1-2 Fragment on Biblical prophecy, beginning missing.
ff. 3-4 Table of contents or draft outline:
[f. 3r] 'The first book. Concerning ye language of the Prophets.
Chap. 1/ A Synopsis of ye Prophetick Figures.
Chap. 2/ Of ye world, heaven & earth, ascending to heaven & descending to Earth, <rising out of ye earth or waters & falling into them> moving from place to place, shaking earthquakes, shaking of heaven & earth & passing away of heaven & earth.
Chap. 3/ Of <things celestial vizt > ye Sun Moon & Starrs, light & darkness, < days & nights > darkning smiting or setting of ye sun moon & starrs, <Eclipsing or> turning ye Moon into blood, falling of ye Starrs, New Moons, Suns, <days and nights, scorching wth ye Sun's> heat, burning with fire, a flaming sword
Chap. 4/ Of Meteors, vizt Clouds, riding on ye clouds, covering ye Sun with a Cloud or wth smoke, Winds, Whirlwinds, Thunder lightning, hail overflowing rain, moderate rain, Dew, living water & want of rain.
Chap. 5/ Of things terrestrial vizt dry land, Sea rivers, floods, wilderness, embittering of waters, turning them to blood, overflowing of a sea or river, drying up of waters, ffountains, Mountains, Islands, dens & rocks of mountains & hiding men in them, <Cities, houses> & ships.
Chap. 6/ Of living things, vizt Trees, <hearbs, reeds,> & other < terrestrial > vegetables, Locusts & other insects, wild beasts, Birds & ffishes of the Trees of life & knowledge of good & evil the old Serpent & worshipped Beasts.
Chap. 7/ How several parts of ye world are put for several Kingdoms <kingdoms are signified by several parts of the world>, as by the heaven, the earth, the sea, a river, < a City, a species of> animals or of vegetables, or <any> animal or vegetable put for ye <whole> species, as a lyon a Goat a Dragon a Whore, a Frog < a spirit > a Vine a Lamb, a Seraphim, a Cherubim.
[f. 4r] Chap. 8/ Of ye parts of an beast animal, vizt the head or heads & taile, ye horns, ye eyes, <& seeing, the> mouth, & speaking <& eating>, ye voice loud or faint, <ye > hairs, feathers, wings, arms, feet, nails, teeth, serpentine taile, & bones, & of the times of their life & actions.
Chap. 9/ Of a man or woman in various circumstances, as wth a crown or on horsback, or wth a sword or bow, or wth weights & measures or cloathed in white or in other apparel or naked, or holding a cup of wine or drinking it, or with a wound or sore or in pain. or < Also of > pained in child-birth, of a new born child <or bearing a man child> & of the death of man or beast, & of worshipping <them &> their images.
Chap. 10/ Of ye parts of ye temple
Ch. 11The second Book/ Concerning the Prophecies of DanielThe third Book/ Concerning the method of ye Apocalyps & the Allusions therein to ye law & history of ye Iews.
The fourth book/ Concerning the Persons <& things prophesied of> in ye Apocalyps, vizt ye 7 Angells two Prophets Witnesses, <Whore> Dragon, tenhorned <two> Beasts & their Horns. <3 Horns pluckt up> 7 Horns remaining Horns & their churches.
The fift Book/ Concerning the history of the Apocalyps.
Chap 1. The ten horns
2 The first six seals opened & six heads of ye Dragon & Beast described
3 The seventh head & seven Trumpets & Vials.'
ff. 5-51 Explanation of prophetic figures (untitled), broadly following the scheme set out in chapter headings 1 to 10 above.
f. 1r 'The Second Book
Concerning the method & synchronisms of the Apocalyps & the allusions therein to the Law & History of the Iews'
f. 1r 'Chap. 1/ Of the daily sacrifice spoken of by Daniel & the feast of ye Passover./ The Preface./ Sect. I The Lamps drest.'
f. 6r 'Sect. II. The morning sacrifice.'
f. 11r 'Sect. III. The evening sacrifice.'
f. 14r 'Sect. III [sic] The Feasts of ye seventh Month'
f. 20r 'Sect. V The prophesying in ye ffast & ffeast of Tabernacles < together with ye interpretation thereof >'
f. 24r 'The interpretation of ye prophesying in ye ffast & ffeast of Tabernacles.
f. 33r 'Sect. IV./ The interpretation of ye Prophesy of ye Seales & Trumpets.'
f. 39r 'The second part of the interpretation.'
f. 43v 'The third part of the Interpretation.'
f. 44v 'The third part of the Interpretation' [another draft].
f. 47r '<Allusions to> The passing of Israel out of Egypt through ye wilderness into Canaan, to Their Idolatry in Canaan, & ye Babylonical captivity.'
f. 59r 'Sect. VIII./ The two Churches true & fals together, with the two Kingdomes whose Churches they are./ The division of the Kingdome & it's church.'
f. 62r 'The prophetical history of the division.'
f. 64r 'Of the two fals churches signified by the two-horned Beast & woman wch fled into ye Wildnernes, & that this Woman became the Whore of Babylon.'
f. 73r 'Of the two true churches signified by ye two Witnesses.'
f. 81r 'Sect. IX./ The seven Churches. day of Iudgment & world to come.'
f. 97r 'Sect. X./ The Apostacy of the latter times described in the Prophesies of the old & New Testament.'
ff. 123r-178 'The end of ye world day of Iudgment & world to come'
Apparently a resumption of Ms. 9.2 in Humphrey Newton's hand, though there is a section missing between the two parts which includes the beginning of Ms. 9.3 (11 ff.).
Approximately dateable since a substantial part of the manuscript is in Humphrey Newton's hand (up to Ms. 9.2 f. 45 the hand alternates between Isaac and Humphrey Newton's; from that point on the main text is entirely in Humphrey's hand but with occasional interpolations, corrections and additions by Isaac).
ff. 1-32r of Ms. 9.2 published in Goldish, Judaism, 188-218.