The Jewish Student's Companion; First Part

The Jewish Student's Companion; First Part : Post Biblical History. Second Part: Explanation of Mosaic Commands

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...men and women felt elated beyond themselves, joining in song and dance to the honor of the great prophet. Even his opponents had changed sides to a considerable extent. At last the report of his doings and his pretentions reached the sultan, who ordered his arrest. When the royal messenger appeared before Shabbetai to seize him, he himself was so over-awed that he dared not lay hands on him and returned trembling to his master. A second officer was sent, but with the same result. Shabbetai then had the good sense to surrender himself; he was admitted to the presence of the monarch, and the man before whom so many had trembled, stood himself dumbfounded in the presence of the grand seignior. Being ignorant of the Turkish language, a Jewish apostate was appointed as interpreter. The sultan asked of Shabbetai if he was the Messiah; he stood in trembling silence. The sultan then proposed a practical test of his messianic qualities; he said he would shoot three poisoned arrows at the Messiah, and if these would leave him unhurt he would acknowledge his title and join in his ranks. The cowardly Messiah, seeing the sultan in earnest and fearing for his life, snatched a turban from one of the pages and put it on his head, exclaiming, "I am a Mussulman," stating at the same time that he had only waited for so favorable an opportunity to publicly embrace Islamism. The sultan was not only satisfied with this declaration, but ordered him to be treated with distinction and conferred a title of honor on him. Having escaped this danger, he was yet emboldened in his imposture and stated to his followers that by the will of God he had thus changed, and cited Scripture and Talmud in support of his act. For some time he sustained his double...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236860527
  • 9781236860521