called, "Hermes Trismegistos", or the Three Times Great Hermes. Malkeezedeq the Great High Priest (Gen. 14:18) was the supreme master of this heavenly art.
The Q.B.L. also is called the Qabâlah, with the adjective quabalistic. But the use of this noun must be discouraged because it can be mistaken for the like sounding topics Kâbalah, Kâbbalah or Câbala which mean "confusion" and which are confusions, and which in this manner have totally corrupted the pursuit and study of western hermeticism. Please see the next section.
The Kâbbalah: A Confusion.
If the meaning of a Hebrew root with a middle consonant that's not a Double Letter nor a gutteral must be strengthened, then this middle letter simply is doubled. And the same rule applies for Arabic, which does not have any Double Letters: The middle consonant always will be doubled there in order to strengthen the meaning of the root.
For example, the Hebrew root KVL, as well as the Arabic root KBL originally meant, "to twist", as to twist strands of wire into a cable (which of course, is the English, "cable" and the German, "Kabel"), and also to twist metal rods into the links of a chain. And figuratively, to twist matters into an intrigue, which we call a "cabal" or in German, "Kabale". The Jiddish verb, "kabbeln" signifies the agitated but circumspect manner of talking while hatching out a scheme.
And if the meaning there is strengthened, "to really twist", to really make a cable or to really twist matters, then the Hebrew root becomes "KBL", while the Arabic root becomes "KBBL", and the product of this really twisting will be of a very high quality: The chain or cable can be used to tie down things, while the cabal will put people's minds in chains. Thus the strengthened roots as well as the unstrengthened roots have taken on the meaning, "to put in chains", and this means to put a person in chains, literally, as well as to put a person's mind in chains figuratively with a confusion.
The Arabic root KBL, KBBL now would engender the nouns Kâbalah or Kâbbalah, where the tone is on the first syllable in contrast to Hebrew, where the tone is on the ultimate or, as it is in pause, on the penultimate syllable (though these nouns are not used in Arabic, nor in Hebrew).
Whatever the case now would be, Kabbalah, Kabalah or Cabala can only mean a confusion, and it has produced whole schools of pseudo-philosophical systems and an immense pseudo-philosophical literature - from the Renaissance onward to this present time.
And so it is this surrogate which has routed the philosophical roots of the original biblical faith by fabricating and then passing off to the believers the confusion of the Kâbbalah - in exchange for the divinely revealed science of the Q.B.L., passing off mysticism and magic for revelation, and for the gifts of the Spirit.
The two main sources for the Kabbalah are first the "Sêifer Yetsêerah" (the "Book Of Formation") and second, the even more prominent "Sêifer HaZZôwhar" (the "Book of the Splendor") which is referred to as, the Zohar.
The Seifer Yetseerah, a mystification, is readily known as a counterfeit by its bloated style and is generally viewed today as such. And, besides it has the correspondences between the planets and the Double Letters mixed up, and we need therefore not comment on it any further.
But the Zohar is not the original document it claims to be, either. It was