kabbalah
also kabbala or kabala or cabala or cabbala or cabbalah noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Medieval Latin cabbala — more at cabal 1. a medieval and modern system of Jewish theosophy, mysticism, and thaumaturgy marked by belief in creation through emanation and a cipher method of interpreting Scripture 2. a. a traditional, esoteric, occult, or secret matter b. esoteric doctrine or mysterious art • kabbalism nounkabbalistic adjective

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  • KABBALAH — (Heb. קַבָּלָה; received (doctrine), tradition ). Today the term Kabbalah is used for the mystic and esoteric doctrine of Judaism (see following entry). The mystical connotation is unknown in the Talmud. In the Talmud the word occurs, however, in …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • kabbalah — see CABBALA (Cf. cabbala) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Kabbalah — (also Kabbala, Cabbala, Cabala, or Qabalah) ► NOUN ▪ the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible. DERIVATIVES Kabbalism noun Kabbalist noun Kabbalistic adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • KABBALAH — This entry is arranged according to the following outline: introduction general notes terms used for kabbalah the historical development of the kabbalah the early beginnings of mysticism and esotericism apocalyptic esotericism and merkabah… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Kabbalah — This article is about traditional Jewish Kabbalah. For other Kabbalistic traditions see Christian Cabbalah, Hermetic Qabalah, and Practical Kabbalah Part of a series on …   Wikipedia

  • Kabbalah — (Cabala, Kabala, Qabalah)    The mysticism of classical Judaism, and part of the foundation of the Western magical tradition.    Kabbalah is derived from the Hebrew word QBL (Qibel), meaning “to receive” or “that which is received.” It refers… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • Kabbalah — „Portae Lucis“ (Die Pforten des Lichts) von Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla (1248–1305) Mann der einen Baum mit den zehn Sephiroth hält. Die Kabbala (auch Kabbalah) ist die mystische Tradition des Judentums. Sie wird seit Pico della Mirandola auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • kabbalah — kab·ba·lah or kab·ba·la or ka·ba·la also ca·ba·la or qa·ba·la or qa·ba·lah (kăbʹə lə, kə bäʹlə) n. 1. often Kabbalah A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. 2. A… …   Universalium

  • kabbalah — noun an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret • Syn: ↑cabala, ↑cabbala, ↑cabbalah, ↑kabala, ↑kabbala, ↑qabala, ↑qabalah • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kabbalah —    see CABBALA …   Concise dictionary of Religion

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