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Figure 24 shows a page from a manuscript published in 1666, the year Shabbatai Tzvi converted to Islam. On the upper panel, an image of Shabbatai Tzvi is seen seated on a throne, holding a scepter. Four cherubs support aloft a large crown marked in Hebrew "The Crown of Tzvi". The throne is guarded by twelve Lions of Judah, surrounded by eight worshipful disciples. On the steps leading to the throne is inscribed: “In Those Days and at this Time, I Will Cause a Shoot of Righteousness to Grow up unto David; and He Shall Execute Justice and Righteousness in the Land” (Jeremiah, 33:15). Below the steps, in large Hebrew letters is written “Tikkun” (a prayer book of daily readings and the source of publication of the image). In the lower panel, a larger-than-life Shabbatai Tzvi is portrayed seated at a round table with twelve apostles, behind whom is a crowd of his followers. The Hebrew words below read, "Messiah the Son of David Has Come." The reference to David alludes to the prophesy that the Messiah will be a descendent of the biblical King David (in this case suggesting it is Shabbatai Tzvi).

Shabbatai Tzvi Enthroned
Figure 24. Shabbatai Tzvi Enthroned

Page from the Jewish publication Tikkun depicting Shabbatai Tzvi crowned as the messiah. Amsterdam, 1666. (From Library of Congress).

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