Kabbalah and the Bible

Posted: July 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

I normally like to post original content. Today I was checking the blogs I subscribe to and Chris of Sharpening Iron had a great post I wanted to share. Here’s an excerpt and you can click through to his article if you want to read the rest…

Posted by Chris Taylor on July 10, 2008

The Kabbalah Tree of Life

The Kabbalah Tree of Life

Many of you recognize that I have been searching for a deeper appreciation of Scripture in my walk with God.

I’ve been reading some Jewish commentaries in my pursuits and have drawn a deeper appreciation (through the Holy Spirit) of the life and times of the prophets and kings of Israel and Judah and their relation to God’s revelation of His anointed Son, Jesus Christ.

It was only natural I assume that my thirst for “more of God” led me to kabbalah – the mystical teachings of Jewish sages that was originally oral and only lately has been put down in written forms.

I was highly skeptical about what I would find and I always attempt to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) to see if there was value to be had in the kabbalah teachings.

Read on….

I. Brief History of Jewish Kabbalah:

The history of Jewish Kabbalah is surrounded by legends as is to be expected with any mystical teachings.

Perhaps I should define “mysticism” as given by Wikipedia (while not always appropriate, is appropriate in my case)

Mysticism: is the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, the Other, divinity, spiritual truth or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight.

For me, Jewish mysticism might have been a road to experience a deeper communion with God through spiritual insights into scripture that might not be readily apparent.

According to some:

The rest of the article…

  • Paul

    Thanks for your blog! God bless you!

  • Atoms

    Jewish Kabbalah has its origins in India, Hinduism,Buddhism.
    Judaism is Hinduism promoting laws for eating meat; iow Judaism is Hinduism for Carnivores; or Genesis1 was changed by Judaism into Genesis2 allowing and justifying horrific treatment for animals and slaughter.
    All Symbols of Judaism are rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism.
    Star of David is the Hindu Shatkona; the Menorah and Kabbalah Tree of Life are symbols of the Hindu Tree of Life; Yeshiva= House of Shiva= House of Learning; the Hamsa = the Hamsa; etc etc.

  • E=MC2

    Perhaps I should define “mysticism”…

    Perhaps it is long overdue that gd/god/allah is defined with all the evidence. So far we have 2200 years of wars, murder, claims of a god nobody can prove.

    You write:”For me, Jewish mysticism might have been a road to experience a deeper communion with God through spiritual insights into scripture that might not be readily apparent.”

    Pretty strange “deeper communion” with something nobody can define or can prove. Question: Is religion killing us and this planet?

    Check website domainofman.com for elaborate details re: gd/god/allah.

    As for god is dead… how can something die that was never proven to exist? Religion gathers together those of inferiour thinking unable of rational critical thinking.

    Spirituality is related to intuition, Not Religion.

    Each religion claims, they are the Chosen Ones. The “Chosen” or “Created” Ones of “God/Allah etc”, claim spiritually, socially and genetically superiority to all other beings. Considering the dismal purpose for which mankind was reportedly created, it would simply mean that the “Chosen ones” were/are, at best, superior slaves. There is little glory in that. There is little glory to be a slave of an god you cannot define or prove.

  • Marci

    Hi E=MC2

    Hey Einstein was a jew and he was a genious!!!…. just kidding. I understand your predicament, but i think it does not have much to do with proving something or the other… people normally (strangely I should say) beleive in someone or something without really needing to have prove of it. The rest like you and I a bit more esceptical, will never get the answer we are looking for because we are looking in the wrong places and people for the answer…… In fact we should be looking into ourselves for that!!… It is hard, but I am attempting to do that… so many questions and so many more frustrations to go, but we should respect the other’s believes because as I have found out: everybody needs something different (a different God?) to be at peace with oneselve