from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See cabala.

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  • n. an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
  • n. an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret


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  • The other is called Cabbala, which signifieth "reception;" but both of them denote the same thing, that is, a knowledge down from generation to generation, in the doing of which, there being tradition on the one hand, and reception on the other, that which relates to the readings of the Hebrew Scriptures hath its name from the former, and that which relates to the interpretations of them from the latter.

    Mysticism and its Results Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy

  • The Empress asked further, Whether the Cabbala was a work onely of Natural Reason, or of Divine Inspiration?

    The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World

  • Burleigh in Queen Elizabeth's time, which he hath of late read in the printed Cabbala, which is a very fine style at this day and fit to be imitated.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • Thence with Mr. Moore to the Wardrobe, and there sat while my Lord was private with Mr. Townsend about his accounts an hour or two, we reading of a merry book against the Presbyters called Cabbala, extraordinary witty.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jul/Aug 1663

  • Selden'sDruids were the wisest, gentlest and far-sighted of folk, sharing the calmest philosophical beliefs with Pythagoras, the Cabbala and other systems that predated the upstart Romans.

    Love a Druid, Hate a Papist

  • Allah Almighty, an adept in every science and versed in all manner of knowledge, so that the fame of his learning was blazed abroad over the land and he became renowned as an ocean of lore and skill in medicine and astronomy and geometry and astrology and alchemy and natural magic and the Cabbala and Spiritualism and all other arts and sciences.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is called a Golem – my people summon it in times of great peril, when we are threatened with extinction – it is monster born form the power of the Cabbala.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • There was a London coroner45 in those days, learned in the Cabbala, whom I had once known though we had not met for some years.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • Whether they were like the herbs-having some actual virtue-or only a symbol, like the signs of the Cabbala, I didn't know.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • He smiled-at least I assumed it was meant to be a smile-and began, starting out with an explication of the foundation of the Cabbala and moving right along to an exegesis on the twenty-three letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and the profound symbolism of it all.

    Dragonfly in Amber


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