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Appendix A: The Etymologies of the Q.B.L., The Kabbalah, and The Ineffable Name.

The Q.B.L.: The Hermetic Tradition.

The action of a Hebrew verb is defined by three letters or consonants which are called its root letters, and it is the middle one of these root letters that defines the mode of the action. For example, QaaHâL with the outer root letters Q and L and the middle root letter H, means "to call together to assemble".

But if the middle root letter becomes a V, then QaaVâL means, "to complain, to cry out." And with that middle letter missing, there is the noun, QowL, which means "voice, sound."

The outer letters specify a calling (indeed, "QowL" is our English, "call") while the middle letter specifies the mode of this calling, like whether it is a calling to the public in order to assemble, or a calling for help.

Now if the middle letter is intensified, for example if QVL becomes QBL - V is the aspirated or weak version of B and is also spelled Bh, like F = Ph is the weak version of P, or Th is the weak version of T (the seven letters which admit such a double pronunciation also are called, the Double Letters) - then here the action of the verb, too, becomes intensified: The crying out for something will become the really crying out for something.

And somebody who really cries out for something with all his might shall in the end receive the object of his crying out. Therefore, QBL defines the things that have been received after a prolonged and forceful crying out for them, like a young bird in its nest which cries the loudest and longest, and opens its beak the widest, and raises itself up, and wiggles its wingstubs:

That bird namely will receive the worm.

And Moses had to go to the top of the hill, hold up his hands with the rod, and had his hands stayed up by Aaron and Hur all day long, until sundown, before the LORD gave Joshua and Israel the victory over king Amalek (Ex. 17:8-13).

Moses had to really cry out for victory with uplifted hands and standing on a mountain top, in order to turn the battle to Israel's advantage. So important is this principle of really crying out as synonymous with receiving, that it was put on record: "And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memory in a book" (verse 14).

And in the Book of Ether the LORD says to Jared's brother, "And thus I will do unto thee, because this long time ye have cried unto me" (Ether 1:43 from the Book of Mormon). It did not suffice to just call onto the LORD; Jared's brother had to really cry out with all his might and for a long time before the LORD did hear him.

And in the Hebrew oral tradition Adam, after he was expelled from Eden, had to build an altar to call upon the LORD for a long time, and not become involved in Satan's false religion, and to keep all his covenants before he would receive the object of his calling:

More light and knowledge from the LORD.

This therefore is the Q. B. L.: Light and Knowledge received from the LORD after having really called out for it. And because that light and knowledge was preserved through the ages by its practice and continuing revelation, it also is called the Tradition, or the Ancient or Hermetic Tradition (its details were the subject of the former chapters) which refers to Malkeezêdeq, whom the Greeks had