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kabala

or kabbala

[kab-uh-luh, kuh-bah-] /ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-/
noun
1.

cabala

or cabbala, kabala, kabbala, kabbalah

[kab-uh-luh, kuh-bah-] /ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any occult or secret doctrine or science.
Origin of cabala
1515-1525
1515-25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh ‘tradition’, literally, something received, i.e., handed down
Can be confused
cabal, cabala.
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  • The kabala is the secret teaching of the Jews; in it lie hidden doctrines that are too profound to be taught in public.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • Hence, the saying in kabala, “The wicked obey the law through fear; the wise keep the law through knowledge.”

  • It was then that they learned the doctrine of rebirth and that the kabala came into being.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for kabala

cabala

/kəˈbɑːlə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of kabbalah
Derived Forms
cabalism (ˈkæbəˌlɪzəm) noun
cabalist, noun
cabalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for kabala

cabala

n.

1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.

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