Kabbalist Cosmological Wisdom

Modern Cosmology in Ancient Form

Kabbalist Cosmological Wisdom

The following article is a lightly edited compilation of material originated by Marshall Hall

Disclaimer:  The source of this article (in its original form), the Fair Education Foundation, Inc. (Marshall Hall, President), is a fundamental, creationist, Bible-believing Christian organization and does not support, endorse, nor agree with any information derived from the Kabbalah or from any other non-Christian religious sourcewww.fixedearth.com

The following items correspond to the "wisdom" of the Kabbalah

1. Rabbi Nechunya ben HaKana, a revered 1st century Kabbalist, asserted that if you knew how to use the 42-letter name for God, you could decipher a lengthy time between the creation of the universe and man. He estimated [some 2,000 years ago] the age of the Universe to be 15.3 billion years [the very age modern astrophysics have just arrived at]. (http://members.aol.com/mseedfaith/mrpg26.htm )

2. “I show in my book (The Heavenly Time Machine: The First Six Days) procedures and commentary that lead to a universe age of between 14 and 16 billion years, depending on which procedure one chooses to follow. Some of these numbers can be traced back to the first century almost 2,000 years ago. There is a deeply hidden knowledge in the Torah that yields these numbers….” (Further Essays from the Author of The Heavenly Time Machine: The First Six Days”, by Morris Engelson, p. 4 of 7.


3. In the 12th century, the exalted Kabbalist, Rabbi Moses Maimonides outlined: 

    a) The Zionist agenda for a Jewish homeland in Palestine;

    b) A millennial rule by Jews in Jerusalem;

    c) Resurrecting the rotating, orbiting Earth concept of Aristarchus.

4. In the 13th century, the esteemed Kabbalist, Rabbi Moses Nachmanides, inscribed (for Kabbalist eyes only) the four other essentials of the Kabbalist Big Bang Evolutionary “creation scenario”, in addition to ben HaKana’s 15.3 billion years, namely:

     a) Aristarchian heliocentricity (300 years before Copernicus);

    b) Relativity;  

   c) The “Big Bang”;

    d) An expanding Universe.

5. Moses Nachmanides, a 13th century Kabbalist Rabbi, wrote: There’s only one physical creation, and that creation was a tiny speck….As this speck expanded out, this substanceso thin it has no essenceturned into matter as we know it (Web Article Entitled: “The Age of the Universe”. (Issues - Age of the universe - Aish Hatorah), pp.12, 13.)

6. Rabbi Moses Nachmanides the Kabbalist said that although the days [of Genesis] are 24 hours each, they contain ‘kol yemot ha olam’—all the ages of the world.  (Web Article Entitled: “The Age of the Universe”. (Issues - Age of the universe - Aish Hatorah), pp.12, 13.)

7. Rabbi Moses Nachmanides, in his commentary of Parshat Beraishit says concerning the phrase, ‘And it was evening and it was morning, one day’ [Gen. Ch.1:5], some scholars explain that ‘one day’ is a reference to the rotation of the spherical earth in 24 hours. (Mail - Jewish Mailing List, Vol. 20. Nov. 6. 6.13.96, p. 4.)


8. Rabbi Yitzchak of Akko (a student of Ramban Nachmanides, late medieval) concluded from the Zohar that the first creation was 15.8 billion years ago. (soc.culture.jewishFAQ:JewishThought(6?12), pp. 5,6.)

9. Isaac Luria…or ‘Divine Rabbi Isaac’, was, and remains to this day, unarguably the greatest Kabbalist in world history. His doctrines…anticipated virtually word for word—or at the very least, concept for concept—the theory of the ‘Big Bang’ origins of the universe in astrophysics….” (Yakov Leib HaKohain)

10. Rabbi Isaac Luria [1534-1572], most venerated Kabbalist, formulated the doctrine of Sheviret HaKelim which states [as does also 20th century Big-Bang theory] that the Universe (i.e., the Unity of God) was shattered at the moment of mundane creation. From this cataclysm, ‘Holy Sparks’ flew off in all directions, some returning to their Source, others falling into the world of ‘things’ and ‘beings’. (Short essay on  Lurianic Kabbalah by Yakov Leib HaKohain, p.1    http://www.kheper.net/topics/kabbalah/ LurianicKabbalah.htm)

11. In the 16th century (using the Copernican Model as his base), the most venerated Kabbalist, Rabbi Isaac Luria, connected the dots from ben HaKanna and Nachmanides, and by his death in 1572 had completed the formula for progressively destroying the Biblical six-day “creation scenario” and replacing it with the Kabbalist 15-billion-year creation scenario”.

12. “…all these have passed into the realms of science and are no longer regarded as magical arts….” (To Embrace Hebrew Roots: Part IX, “Talismans & Masters of the Name”, p. 1 of 20  http://www.seekgod.ca/practicalkab.htm)  

13. According to modern Kabbalists:  Kabbala and physics “…work together to draw a picture of the Mysteries of such phenomena as The Big Bang, Parallel Universes, Relativity Theory, and The Superstring Theory. Kabbala can explain the mathematics of physics as well as providing a deeper spiritual comprehension of religion’s literal teachings….” (Kabbalah Centre http://www.kabbalah.com/ k/index.php/p=life/science? p. 3 of 11)

14. According to Kabbalistic wisdom, there are two parallel universes; one highly ordered; the other; random and chaotic. The former is real...the latter illusionary. In other words, we create our own reality by altering our consciousness. (Kabbalah Centre - http://www.kabbalah.com/k/index..php/p=life/ science? p. 8 of 11)

15. Using deeply hidden knowledge from their holy books, Kabbala rabbis claim to  be able to create humanoid lifeforms called golems.  Golems reportedly can be created using many different methods, but a golem will always be somewhat less than human. (“Early Hebrew Mysticism” by Mark Filipes, Tarot and the Hebrew Alphabet. <http://www.spiritone.com/~masquerade/Essays/eta.html p. 1 of 8>;  Rava’s Golem - http://www.sff.net/people/d.honigsberg/ravasman.htp  p. 1 of 7)

16. According to modern Kabbalist physicist Dr. Gerald L. Schroeder:  “Let’s look at the development of time, day by day, based on the expansion factor [1 million times 1 million from start till now]. The calculations come out to be as follows:

     The first Biblical day lasted 24 hours…But…from our perspective it was 8 billion years.

      The second day of 24 hours…was 4 billion years.

      The third day of 24 hours…was 2 billion years.

      The fourth day of 24 hours…was 1 billion years.

      The fifth day of 24 hours…was ½ billion years.

            The sixth day of 24 hours…was ¼ billion years.

Then you add it up and you get 15 ¾ billion years…the same as modern cosmology allows….” (Web Article Entitled: “The Age of the Universe”. (Issues - Age of the universe - Aish Hatorah), pp.15, 16.) [Amplified version of all this: The Science of God by physicist Gerald L. Schroeder. Broadway Books, New York, 1998.]

* * * * *

Ed. Note:  How was it possible for ancient and medieval Kabbalah rabbis to inscribe conclusions of what are apparently the premises of modern cosmology in their holy book (long before Copernicus formulated his heliocentricity hypothesis) and for those premises to hold the exact same conclusions agreed to by modern cosmologists? The astounding coincidence of basically identical cosmology premises being formulated by ancient and medieval Kabbalah rabbis and then later formulated by modern physicists (as the results of modern scientific research) is indeed puzzling. 

Thomas E. Cobb                                                                                                                                             (Compiler and Editor)

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe them.                        –George Orwell, British Lecturer and Author