The Cabala, says the Jewish Encyclopedia, taught the top position of man,
"the true Jewish view of life, and one that appealed to Talmudic Judaism. The Jew as well as the man was recognized in the Cabala. Notwithstanding the strongly pantheistic coloring of its metaphysics, the Cabala never attempted to belittle the importance of historic Judaism, but, on the contrary, emphasized it the cabalists developed a Jewish Magic." (p. 478) " Demonology, therefore, occupies an important part in the work of many cabalists many cabalists developed their theories on Casting of Lots, Necromancy, Exorcism. Astrology was legitimized and [page 37] bibliomancy found its justification in the assumption that the sacred Hebrew letters are not one. With that old pagan deification of man idea in which nature as a whole is god and man is the doer, merely signs for things but implements of divine powers by means of which nature may be subjugated." (page 479)
Was this article helpful?