It may be that the Catholic Church... was from its origin in the possession of the Hebrew Rabbinic secret of the intentional Exoteric nature of the Bible...
-from An Introduction to the Study of the Kabalah
From The Da Vinci Code to the public pronouncements of devotion from rock musicians and movie stars, curiosity about Judeo-Christian esoterica is at a new high. And this 1910 primer to the Kabalah, the arcane Jewish mysticism, remains an exciting introduction to the philosophy, explaining its provocative speculation on our role in the grand, divine design of the universe and offering tantalizing hints of the tradition's cryptic devotional and magical practices.
British doctor and metaphysician WILLIAM WYNN WESTCOTT (1848-1925) was supreme magus of the Rosicrucian Society and wrote numerous works on such topics as alchemy, astrology, numerology, and theosophy.