Regina Prophetarum
Queen of Prophets

The towering figure of this illustration is David, crown on his head and harp in his right hand.  With his left hand he is about to set a crown on Mary's head while the eye of eternal foresight is looking on. David pronounces these words from Revelation: "Witness to Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (19:10).  Mary in the picture of the humble handmaid seems to be pointing to the true reason for her being queen of prophets.  From her mouth come the words of the Magnificat: "He has raised up Israel his servant" (Luke 1:54).

The lower half of the engraving features several prophetic figures, among them in the foreground Jerome with the lion, and what seems to be the figure of a sibyl, possibly the famous Sibylla Tiburtina (prophecy to Emperor Augustus).  The background depicts the prophet Ezekiel standing in the valley of the dead and prophesying the resurrection of the flesh (chapter 37).  The illustration is topped of with the praise of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:5: "One who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues."

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