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Kabbalah - קַבָּלָה‎‎

Kabbalah developed within Judaism, and kabbalists often use classical sources held by Judaists to explain the inner, real meaning of the Bible and Rabbinic sources. Regardless of Kabbalah's definition, it is an integral part of Judaism, Christian, New Age, and Occultist western esoteric religious systems.
For centuries, Kaballah was a concealed teaching. The study of Kabbalah was available only to Jewish scholarly comprising of married Jewish men over the age of forty, and forbidden to all others. This tradition of hidden knowledge existed until 1960s when it started to be popularized by some of the teachers.
Azoth, Sive Aureliae Occultae Philosophorum by Basil Valentine, 1613 (dresden)
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Decorated letter from BL Harley 7586A, f. 2

Detail of the Hebrew letter ~shin~ decorated with foliate motifs, which served as a book plate of the patron Shabbetai ben Mattatya of Rome (see Narkiss, 1984). Image taken from f. 2 of Guide of the Perplexed (... more

Numerical divination from BL Royal 12 E XXV, f. 164

Text with diagrams for numerical divination, and fifteen magical characters. Image taken from f. 164 of Proposiciones; Errores in grammatica, letter to the Archbishop of Corinth; philosophical, scientific and m... more

Magic square from BL Royal 8 F IX, f. 90v

Detail of a magic square. Image taken from f. 90v of Interpretaciones nominum Ebreorum (Interpretation of the Hebrew names). Written in Latin.

Colophon from BL Add 14763, f. 160

Detail of a page: dcorated panel with foliate scroll at the closure of the text column framing the colophon of the scribe, Solomon, at the end of Samuel ibn Tibbon's ~Perush ha-milot ha-zarot~ (A glossary of fo... more

Decorated letter from BL Harley 7586A, f. 2

Hebrew letter ~shin~ decorated with foliate motifs, which served as a book plate of the patron Shabbetai ben Mattatya of Rome (see Narkiss, 1984). Beneath, there are three acquisition notes in Hebrew from 1340,... more

Full border from BL Or 2201, f. 34v

Full border of geometric design at the Song of the Sea (Ex. 15). Image taken from f. 34v of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Micrography from BL Or 2201, f. 187v

Full-page panel of ~masorah magna~ in micrographical design. Image taken from f. 187v of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Full border from BL Or 2201, f. 97v

Full foliate border at Deuteronomy 32. Image taken from f. 97v of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Temple implements from BL Or 2201, f. 2

Full-page miniature of the Temple implements. Image taken from f. 2 of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Full border from BL Or 2201, f. 35

Full border of geometric design at the Song of the Sea (Ex. 15). Image taken from f. 35 of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Full border from BL Or 2201, f. 98

Full foliate border at Deuteronomy 32. Image taken from f. 98 of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Micrography from BL Or 2201, f. 338

Full-page panel of ~masorah magna~ in micrographical design. Image taken from f. 338 of Bible with ~masorah~ ('First Ibn Merwas Bible'). Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Hybrids from BL Add 18424, f. 1

Three arches inhabited by hybrids and animals above the three text columns. Image taken from f. 1 of Halakhical works: ~Tashbetz~ by Samson ben Tzadoq (ff. 1-30v), ~Sefer ha-Terumah~ by Baruch ben Isaac (ff. 31... more

Decorated initial words from BL Add 18424, f. 31

Initial word-panel, ~Ze ha-sefer~ (this is the book) with an arched frame inhabited by hybrids and animals. Image taken from f. 31 of Halakhical works: ~Tashbetz~ by Samson ben Tzadoq (ff. 1-30v), ~Sefer ha-Ter... more

Decorated initial word from BL Add 18424, f. 38v

Initial word included into an arched frame decorated with foliate motifs. Image taken from f. 38v of Halakhical works: ~Tashbetz~ by Samson ben Tzadoq (ff. 1-30v), ~Sefer ha-Terumah~ by Baruch ben Isaac (ff. 31... more

Inhabited arches from BL Add 18424, f. 1

Detail: three arches inhabited by hybrids and animals above the three text columns. Image taken from f. 1 of Halakhical works: ~Tashbetz~ by Samson ben Tzadoq (ff. 1-30v), ~Sefer ha-Terumah~ by Baruch ben Isaac... more

Inhabited initial-word panel from BL Add 18424, f. 31

Detail: initial word-panel, ~Ze ha-sefer~ (this is the book) with an arched frame inhabited by hybrids and animals. Image taken from f. 31 of Halakhical works: ~Tashbetz~ by Samson ben Tzadoq (ff. 1-30v), ~Sefe... more

Jeremiah from BL Add 9405, f. 12

Historiated initial word at the beginning of the Book of Lamentations: Jeremiah seated on a small stool with an open book in front of him. In the left side of the initial word, in the inner margin, there are va... more

David and Goliath from BL Add 9405, f. 11v

David and Goliath, and the end of Ecclesiastes (12:13-14), with a caption over the head of David: 'King David'. Image taken from f. 11v of Biblical readings from a festival prayer book (~mahzor~): Song of Songs... more

Dragon from BL Add 9405, f. 3v

Pen drawn dragon next to the initial word of the Book of Ruth. Image taken from f. 3v of Biblical readings from a festival prayer book (~mahzor~): Song of Songs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations. Written in Hebrew.

Decorated initial word from BL Add 9406, f. 17

Initial word decorated with a dragon torso lying on top of the letter, at the beginning of Jeremiah. Image taken from f. 17 of Biblical reading from a festival prayer book (~mahzor~): Job, Jeremiah 1:1-23:7, Is... more

Dragon from BL Add 9405, f. 6

Pen drawn dragon next to the initial word of Ecclesiastes. Image taken from f. 6 of Biblical readings from a festival prayer book (~mahzor~): Song of Songs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations. Written in Hebrew.

Dove from BL Add 9405, f. 1

Marginal drawing of a dove next to the word ~yonim~ (doves), at the beginning of the Song of Songs. Image taken from f. 1 of Biblical readings from a festival prayer book (~mahzor~): Song of Songs, Ruth, Eccles... more

Holy Land from BL Eg 872, f. 199

Diagram of the Holy Land. Image taken from f. 199 of Commentary on the Pentateuch with the ~Haftarot~ (ff. 1-240) on the Five Scrolls (~Hamesh megillot~; ff. 240v-270), and on the ~Haftarot~ for festivals (ff.... more

Holy Land from BL Eg 872, f. 198v

Diagram of the Holy Land. Image taken from f. 198v of Commentary on the Pentateuch with the ~Haftarot~ (ff. 1-240) on the Five Scrolls (~Hamesh megillot~; ff. 240v-270), and on the ~Haftarot~ for festivals (ff... more

Menorah from BL Eg 872, f. 101v

Detail of a page: drawing of a menorah with explanatory captions. Image taken from f. 101v of Commentary on the Pentateuch with the ~Haftarot~ (ff. 1-240) on the Five Scrolls (~Hamesh megillot~; ff. 240v-270),... more

Decorated initial word from BL Eg 872, f. 126

Decorated initial word ~Wa-yiqra~ (And [the Lord] called) in brown ink, at the beginning of Leviticus. Image taken from f. 126 of Commentary on the Pentateuch with the ~Haftarot~ (ff. 1-240) on the Five Scrolls... more

Menorah from BL Eg 872, f. 101v

Textual illustration of a menorah with explanatory captions, in brown ink. Image taken from f. 101v of Commentary on the Pentateuch with the ~Haftarot~ (ff. 1-240) on the Five Scrolls (~Hamesh megillot~; ff. 2... more

Night and Day from BL Royal 20 A III, f. 100v

Ink diagram of day and night. Image taken from f. 100v of L'image du monde. Written in French.

Diagrams from BL Royal 20 A III, f. 54

Diagrams showing men and animals going around the earth and meeting on the other side. Image taken from f. 54 of L'image du monde. Written in French.

La fourme de la Table Rounde from BL Royal 20 A III, f. 160

Ink diagram of a game entitled 'la fourme de la table rounde'. Image taken from f. 160 of L'image du monde. Written in French.

Red heifer from BL Add 10456, f. 28v

Miniature of a red heifer in the lower margin illustrating a ~piyyut~ (liturgical poem) for ~Shabbat Parah~. Caption: ‘Red heifer’. Mutilated by a later trimming. Image taken from f. 28v of Festival prayer book... more

Decorated initial word from BL Add 10456, f. 51

Initial word decorated with foliate motifs in black ink and red, at the beginning of a ~piyyut~ (liturgical poem) for the first day of Passover (for the poem, see Davidson, vol. 1, no. 1962). Image taken from f... more

Decorated initial word from BL Add 10456, f. 1v

Initial word decorated with foliate motifs in ink, at the beginning of a ~piyyut~ (liturgical poem) for Hanukkah (for the poem, see Davidson vol. 1, no. 1651). Image taken from f. 1v of Festival prayer book (~m... more

Decorated initial word from BL Add 10456, f. 92v

Initial word decorated with foliate and penwork in black ink, at the beginning of a ~piyyut~ (liturgical poem) for the seventh day of Passover (for the poem, see Davidson, vol. 2, no. 239). Image taken from f. ... more

Man praying from BL Add 10456, f. 159v

Textual illustration in the lower margin, mutilated due to trimming. A young man in prayer shawl standing at a reading desk with an open book on it. Image taken from f. 159v of Festival prayer book (~mahzor~) f... more

Image from BL Add 10456, f. 159v

Image taken from f. 159v of Festival prayer book (~mahzor~) for the Special Shabbatot, Passover and Shavuot, Ashkenazi rite, with Books of Ruth (ff. 163v-168v) and Song of Songs (ff. 168v-172v). Written in Hebrew.

Red heifer from BL Add 10456, f. 28v

Detail of a page: miniature of a red heifer in the lower margin illustrating a ~piyyut~ (liturgical poem) for ~Shabbat Parah~. Caption: ‘Red heifer’. Mutilated by a later trimming. Image taken from f. 28v of Fe... more

Cauldron from BL Add 10456, f. 47v

Initial word decorated with foliate motifs and a small cauldron is hanging on a sprig, at the beginning of a ~piyyut~ (liturgical poem) for ~Shabbat ha-Gadol~ (for the poem, see Davidson, vol. 1, no. 1086). The... more

Puzzle initial from BL Harley 4123, f. 2

Puzzle initial 'C' with pen-flourishing extending into the margin. Image taken from f. 2 of Geoffrey's 'Historia regum Britanniae' (index Gesta Britonum, De gestis Britonum), dedicated to Robert of Gloucester (... more

Zodiac man from BL Eg 2188, f. 10

Pen-drawing of a zodiac man. Image taken from f. 10 of Lectionary, with a calendar, and readings for Sundays and weekdays. Written in Dutch.

Decorated initial-word panels from BL Add 27137, f. 222v

Detail: initial-word panels decorated with pen-flourishing. The smaller one, ~shnei~ (two) is at the end of ~Hilkhot qinyan~, the chapter on purchase, and the bigger one is at the beginning of ~Hilkhot matanah~... more

Initial-word panel from BL Add 27137, f. 247v

Detail: initial-word panel decorated with pen-flourishing, at the beginning of ~Hilkhot nahalot~, the chapter on inheritance. Image taken from f. 247v of Fourth Book of ~Arba'ah Turim~: ~Hoshen ha-Mishpat~ ('Th... more

Hanukkah lamp from BL Or 5024, f. 19

Detail: an illustration of a man lighting the Hanukkah lamp, at the beginning of the section on Hanukkah. Image taken from f. 19 of Decisions of Isaiah of Trani the Younger (~Pisqei Rabbi Yeshayah Aharon~). Wri... more

Stoning from BL Or 5024, f. 64v

Detail of a page: a miniature of two men stoning a third one who trespasses the law by working on Shabbat, at the beginning of the tractate on Festivals. Image taken from f. 64v of Decisions of Isaiah of Trani ... more

Coloured initial words from BL IO IsI 3679, f. 107v

Text page with coloured initial words. Image taken from f. 107v of Guide of the Perplexed in Judeo-Arabic. Written in Judeo-Arabic.

Wolf and lamb from BL Add 26968, f. 281v

Detail of a partial foliate border inhabited by a wolf with a lamb in his mouth. Image taken from f. 281v of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Praying figures from BL Add 26968, ff. 167v-168

Illustration of men in prayer, at texts for fast days. Image taken from ff. 167v-168 of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Magpies from BL Add 26968, f. 282v

Detail of a partial foliate border inhabited by two magpies. Image taken from f. 282v of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Dragon and hybrid from BL Add 26968, f. 262v

Detail of an initial-word panel accompanied by a dragon and a hybrid, at the evening prayer for Yom Kippur. Image taken from f. 262v of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Neilah from BL Add 26968, f. 287

Drawing of two closed gates flanking a tower above the initial words, at the ~Neilah~ prayer. Image taken from f. 287 of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Lighting of the Hanukkah lamp from BL Add 26968, f. 101

Initial-word panel decorated with pen-flourishing. Framed marginal illustration of a man lighting the Hanukkah lamp with a congregation behind him. Image taken from f. 101 of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for th... more

Lion from BL Add 26968, f. 207

Detail of a marginal illustration of a lion perhaps connected to the word ~Judah~ appearing in the last line of the folio. Image taken from f. 207 of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian ri... more

Nest from BL Add 26968, f. 283v

Partial foliate border with a nest full of young birds and a parent bird approaching. Image taken from f. 283v of Prayer book (~Forli Siddur~) for the entire year, Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Inhabited initial-word panel from BL Add 18684, f. 12

Detail of a page: initial-word panel inhabited by animals, dragons and hybrids. Image taken from f. 12 of Collection of halakhical works: ~Sefer Mitzwot Qatan~ ('SeMaQ') by Isaac of Corbeil with the additions o... more

Man with cup and ~matzah~ from BL Add 18684, f. 61v

A drawing of a man holding a cup and a ~matzah~ (unleavened bread), and his axe hanging from a trunk, next to the catchword. Image taken from f. 61v of Collection of halakhical works: ~Sefer Mitzwot Qatan~ ('Se... more

Inhabited initial word from BL Add 22092, f. 3v

Initial word ~Bereshit~ (in the beginning) inhabited by animals and human faces. Image taken from f. 3v of ~Gan Elohim~ (The Garden of God): supracommentary on Rashi's commentary on the Pentateuch. Written in Hebrew.

Temple implements from BL Add 14759, f. 2v

Miniature of the Holy Ark with two doves symbolizing the cherubs, the Tablet of Law, and the Altar, with captions in Ashkenazi square script. Image taken from f. 2v of Commentary on the Pentateuch. Written in Hebrew.

Temple implements from BL Add 14759, f. 3

Miniature of the basin, the table, the table of showbread, plates and dishes for incense, the musical instruments and the cleansing instruments, with captions in Ashkenazi square script. Image taken from f. 3 o... more

Menorah from BL Add 14759, f. 2

Full-page miniature of the menorah with caption in Ashkenazi square script. Image taken from f. 2 of Commentary on the Pentateuch. Written in Hebrew.

Sacrifice of Isaac from BL Add 14759, f. 1v

Full page drawing of the Sacrifice of Isaac, with captions in Ashkenazi square script. Isaac is kneeling on the altar, Abraham is lifting the knife, but an angel prevents him from hurting his son by grabbing hi... more

Sacrifice of Isaac from BL Add 14759, f. 1v

Detail of a page: drawing of the Sacrifice of Isaac, with captions in Ashkenazi square script. Isaac is kneeling on the altar, Abraham is lifting the knife, but an angel prevents him from hurting his son by gra... more

Temple implements from BL Add 14759, f. 2v

Detail of a page: Temple implements. Image taken from f. 2v of Commentary on the Pentateuch. Written in Hebrew.

Temple implements from BL Add 14759, f. 3

Detail of a page: Temple implements. Image taken from f. 3 of Commentary on the Pentateuch. Written in Hebrew.

Ark of the Covenant with the cherubim from BL Add 14759, f. 2v

Detail of a page: the Ark of the Covenant with the cherubim. Image taken from f. 2v of Commentary on the Pentateuch. Written in Hebrew.

Sacrifice of Isaac from BL Add 14759, f. 1v

Detail of a full page drawing of the Sacrifice of Isaac, with captions in Ashkenazi square script. Isaac is kneeling on the altar, Abraham is lifting the knife, but an angel prevents him from hurting his son by... more

Menorah from BL Add 19944, f. 18v

Micrography of a menorah, at Psalm 67. Image taken from f. 18v of Festival prayer book (~mahzor~), Italian rite, volume 1. Written in Hebrew, Aramaic.

Diagram from BL Arundel 113, f. 2

Diagram. Image taken from f. 2 of Pharsalia. Written in Latin.

Diagrams from BL Harley 5433, f. 70

Diagrams in brown ink in the main text. Image taken from f. 70 of Commentary on Cicero's De somno Scipionis. Written in Latin.

Detail from BL Sloane 2320, f. 6

Image taken from f. 6 of Medical treatises. Written in Latin and English.

Detail from BL Sloane 2320, f. 20

Image taken from f. 20 of Medical treatises. Written in Latin and English.

Diagrams from BL Sloane 2320, f. 6

Diagrams of some 'pictura urinarum', in a medical treatise. Image taken from f. 6 of Medical treatises. Written in Latin and English.

Zodiacal man from BL Sloane 2320, f. 20

Drawing of a zodiacal man, in a medical treatise. Image taken from f. 20 of Medical treatises. Written in Latin and English.

Detail from BL Sloane 2320, f. 4v

3 jars. Image taken from f. 4v of Medical treatises. Written in Latin and English.

Flasks from BL Sloane 2320, f. 2

Drawing of flasks. Image taken from f. 2 of Medical treatises. Written in Latin and English.

Initial-word panel from BL Harley 5686, f. 156

Detail of an initial-word panel. Image taken from f. 156 of Festival prayer book (~mahzor~) with miscellaneous works in the margins. Written in Hebrew.

Passover Eve celebration from BL Harley 5686, f. 61v

Miniature of people celebrating Seder with a group of young men lifting the Seder basket over the table. Image taken from f. 61v of Festival prayer book (~mahzor~) with miscellaneous works in the margins. Writt... more