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 kabbalah
Neilson told Newsweek that "the separation is a healthy thing for Raising Malawi and the Kabbalah Centre."Madonna's Malawi Denial
April 12, 2011
That goes a long way toward explaining the appeal of the Church of Scientology and the Kabbalah Centre.Jim Carrey Almighty
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These hermeneutical canons are much older than the Kabbalah.
According to the Kabbalah all these esoteric doctrines are contained in the Hebrew Scriptures.
In another part of this work we have seen that the Rabbis declare the Kabbalah to be above the law.
The Kabbalah does not possess that integral connection with Masonry which is argued by Mgr.Devil-Worship in France
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Eating little means sleeping little, and whole nights without sleep or food incline one to the Kabbalah!Stories and Pictures
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kabbala, kabala, cabbala, cabala or qabalah
- an ancient Jewish mystical tradition based on an esoteric interpretation of the Old Testament
- any secret or occult doctrine or science
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Hebrew qabbālāh tradition, what is received, from qābal to receive
- a variant spelling of kabbalah
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Word Origin and History for kabbalah
1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.
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