a Jewish mystical movement and form of mystical theology based on a symbolic interpretation of the Scriptures: it flourished from the end of the 12th cent.
also sp. Ka·ba′la or Kab·ba′la
Origin of Kabbalah; from Medieval Latin cabbala: see cabala
or kab·ba·la or ka·ba·la also ca·ba·la or qa·ba·la or qa·ba·lah
- often Kabbalah A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
- A secret doctrine resembling these teachings.
Origin of kabbalahMedieval Latin cabala, from Hebrew qabbalâ, received doctrine, tradition, from qibb&emacron;l, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.
- Alternative spelling of Kabballah.