Encyclopedia of Christianity Online

Get access
Search Results: Prev | 1 of 136 |

Cabala
(842 words)

1. Term

Cabala (also spelled cabbala, cabbalah, kabala, kabbala, and kabbalah) means “tradition”—more specifically, “esoteric, mystical tradition.” It is the common name for the most important school of Jewish mysticism, which flourished from the late 12th century to the 19th, mainly in Christian Europe and the Middle East. The early cabalists in medieval Europe relied on ancient Jewish (Judaism) mystical traditions known as Hekhalot (heavenly palaces) and Merkabah (chariot) mysticism and on the traditions of the an…

Cite this page
Dan, Joseph, “Cabala”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C2>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



▲   Back to top   ▲