The Sephirot And The Scriptures

Those familiar with the Kabbalah will no doubt be familiar with the ten sephirot of the Tree of Life. But have you ever wondered where the rabbis who penned the Kabbalah got the names of the sephirot from? Well, having searched the scriptures and later tradition I believe the two key verses that inspired themContinue reading “The Sephirot And The Scriptures”

Is Elohim a Plural Word?

Many readers of the Bible have noted that the Hebrew word for God, Elohim, is plural given the -im ending and wondered how that squares with strict monotheism. Some, usually with a Christian agenda, have anachronistically read Trinitarianism into it. Some, usually with an counter-Christian agenda, have provocatively read polytheism into it. I would likeContinue reading “Is Elohim a Plural Word?”

Christ as the Fulfillment of the Kabbalistic Search

I have been brushing up on Hebrew this summer and in the process I uncovered some interesting correspondences between the messianic prophecies of Isaiah 11:2 and the divine emanations of the Kabbalistic tree of life. In essence, the prophet foretold that the Spirit of Chokmah, Binah, Da’at and Gevurah would be found in the Messiah.Continue reading “Christ as the Fulfillment of the Kabbalistic Search”

Was Jesus a Kabbalist?

Those of you interested in the Kabbalah may find it interesting to read A Forward to Kabbalah Study for Christians, an article on Kabbalah written from a Hebrew Christian perspective. While ultimately concluding that, no, Jesus was not a Kabbalist in the modern sense of the word, the writer nevertheless commends the study of KabbalahContinue reading “Was Jesus a Kabbalist?”

The Christ, Psychotherapy and Magic

If any of you would be interested in engaging with the Hermetic Qabalah from a critical but sympathetic Christian perspective I would recommend “The Christ, Psychotherapy and Magic” by Anthony Duncan as a fine place to start. Here are a few comments that struck me while reading the book: Light and fire feature very prominentlyContinue reading “The Christ, Psychotherapy and Magic”

Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible

Unicorns are a popular creature of mythology but did you know some people interpret them into the Bible? I recently came across a reference to unicorns which stated: The word “unicorn” is based on the Hebrew word re’em (“horned animal”), in early versions of the Old Testament translated as “monokeros”, meaning “one horn”, which becameContinue reading “Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible”