ben Israel to John Dury, 1649
"I have written a treatise instead of a letter" [Amsterdam,
25 November 1649]
B. "I prove at large that the day of the promised Messiah unto us draws near" [Amsterdam, 23 December 1649]
...I declare how that our Israelites were the first finders out of America; not regarding the opinions of other men, which I thought good to refute in a few words only; and I think that the Ten Tribes live not only there, but also in other lands scattered every where; these never did come back to the Second Temple, and keep till this day still the Jewish Religion, seeing all the prophecies which speak of their bringing back unto their native soil must be fulfilled:
So then at their appointed time, all the Tribes shall meet from all the parts of the world into two Provinces, namely Assyria and Egypt, nor shall their kingdom be any more divided, but they shall have one Prince - the Messiah, the Son of David. I do also set forth the Inquisition of Spain, and rehearse diverse of our Nation, and also of Christians, Martyrs, who in our times suffered several sorts of torments, and then having showed with what great honours our Jews have been graced also by several Princes who profess Christianity. I prove at large, that the day of the promised Messiah unto us doth draw near, upon which occasion I explain many Prophecies....