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
Examples from the Web for cabbala
Historical Examples of cabbala
While accepting the Cabbala it was impossible for Pico to reject magic.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
Cabbalist′ic, -al, relating to the cabbala: having a hidden meaning.
Cabb′alism, the science of the cabbala; Cabb′alist, one versed in the cabbala.
In like manner, it was only the initiated Jews of their cabbala, who knew the secret of the same mythos.Religion In The Heavens
His own models were the oriental reveries of the Cabbala, and the theosophy of the mystics.
1520s, from Medieval Latin cabbala, from Mishnaic Hebrew qabbalah "reception, received lore, tradition," especially "tradition of mystical interpretation of the Old Testament," from qibbel "to receive, admit, accept." Cf. Arabic qabala "he received, accepted."
1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.