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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CABALA


Some scholars have attempted to trace the pseudepigraphical (i.e., false) books of the Cabala back to ancient civilizations. The oldest versions have been theorized to extend from Assyrian theology and mysticism. Skeptical scholars find attempts to read Kabbalah back into the pre-Israelite Ancient Near East, to be implausible. They point out that the doctrine of the Sefirot started to seriously develop only in the 12th century AD with the publication of the Bahir, and that for this doctrine to have existed undocumented within Judaism from the time of the Assyrian empire which fell in the 7th Century B.C. until it "resurfaced" 17–18 centuries later seems very unlikely. However, let's give this idea the benefit of the doubt for a second, and see what it would imply...

Dr. Simo Parpola, professor of Assyriology at the University of Helsinki, remarks on the general similarity between the Sefirot of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the Tree of Life of Assyria. He reconstructed what an Assyrian antecedent to the Sephiroth might look like, and noted parallels between the characteristics of En Sof on the nodes of the Sefirot and the gods of Assyria. The Assyrians assigned specific numbers to their gods, similar to the numbering of the Sefirot. Also,floating above the Assyrian Tree of Life was the god Assur  corresponding to the Hebrew Ain Soph, which is derived from the Assyrian word Assur.Parpola saw the similarities in various Assyrian tablets with the Kaballa and concluded that traces of this Assyrian mode of thought and philosophy eventually somehow reappeared in Greek Philosophy and the Kabbalah. Even if this idea was true, God has forbidden the combining of Judaism with the Paganism of other cultures numerous times in the Bible! Refer to the section on C H R S T I A N  W I C C A. So even if the Kabbala did somehow manage to originate from ancient Assyrian idol worship, it's still an abomination!

A plausible alternative, based in the research of Gershom Scholem, the pre-eminent scholar of Kabbalah in the 20th Century, is to see the Sefirot as a theosophical doctrine that emerged out of Jewish word-mythology of late antiquity, as exemplified in Sefer Yetzirah, and the angelic-palace mysticism found in Hekalot literature, and then fused to the Neo-Platonic notion of creation through progressive divine emanations.
Gnosticism frequently appears as an element of Kabbalah. Gnosticism ( systems of secret spiritual knowledge, or some sources say, the concept of Hokhmah (חכמה "wisdom") seems to have been the first attempt on the part of Jewish sages to give the empirical mystic lore, with the help of Platonic and Pythagorean or Stoic ideas, a speculative turn. This led to the danger of heresy from which the Jewish rabbinic figures Rabbi Akiva and Ben Zoma strove to extricate themselves.

   1. The original teachings of Gnosticism have much in common with Kabbalah.

   2. Core terminology of classical gnostics include using Jewish names of God.

   3. Mainstream Gnostics accepted a "Jewish Messiah" as a key figure of gnosticism.
 
Cabala is thought to have originated in 12th century France where a Gnostic sect known as the Bogomils (and also the Cathars and Albigensens) were beginning to wane. There are striking similarities between the doctrines of both. Both believed in God manifesting Himself through "emanations". Both taught occult doctrines like reincarnation, magic,etc.
      


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