or cab·ba·la, kab·a·la, kab·ba·la, kab·ba·lah
- a system of esoteric theosophy and theurgy developed by rabbis, reaching its peak about the 12th and 13th centuries, and influencing certain medieval and Renaissance Christian thinkers. It was based on a mystical method of interpreting Scripture by which initiates claimed to penetrate sacred mysteries. Among its central doctrines are, all creation is an emanation from the Deity and the soul exists from eternity.
- any occult or secret doctrine or science.
Origin of cabala
1515–25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh ‘tradition’, literally, something received, i.e., handed down
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Examples from the Web for kabala
It was then that they learned the doctrine of rebirth and that the Kabala came into being.
The Kabala is the secret teaching of the Jews; in it lie hidden doctrines that are too profound to be taught in public.
Hence, the saying in Kabala, “The wicked obey the law through fear; the wise keep the law through knowledge.”The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul
Jirah D. Buck
- a variant spelling of kabbalah
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Word Origin and History for kabala
1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.
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