AN any good thing come out of Palestine? is the broader anti-Semeticretort to the sneer cast by the Jews themselves against the harmless andnatural Nazarene; one more example of the poetic justice of History. Andno doubt such opponents of the modern Jew will acclaim this volume as anadmirable disproof of that thesis which it purports to uphold.The dissimilarities, amounting in some cases to sheer contradiction, whichmark many numbers, will appear proof positive that there is nothing in thisnumerical Qabalah, especially as we may presume that by filling up thisdictionary from the ordinary Hebrew Lexicon one would arrive at a merehotch-pot.Apart from this, there is a deeper-lying objection to the Qabalah; viz., thatthe theory is an example of the fallacy Post hoc propter hoc.Are we to believe, askes the sceptic, that a number of learned men deliberatelysat down and chose words for the sake of their numerical value? Language isa living thing, with many sources and diverse; can it be moulded in any sucharbitrary fashion?The only reply seems to be a mere assertion that to some extent it certainlyis so. Examples of a word being spelt deliberately wrong do occur; and sucha jugglery as the changing of the names Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarahcan hardly be purposeless. Once admit the end of such a wedge, and it isdifficult to say whether it may not be driven home so far as to split asunder theTree of Knowledge, if not the Tree of Life.Another line or argument is the historical. We do not here refer to thealleged forgery of the Qabalah by Rabbi Moses ben Leon—was it not?—but tothe general position of the ethnologist that the Jews were an entirely barbarousrace, incapable of any spiritual pursuit. That they were polytheists is clear fromthe very first verse of Genesis; that Adonai Melekh is identical with “Moloch”is known to every Hebraist. The “Old Testament” is mainly the history of thestruggle of the phallic Jehovah against the rest of the Elohim, and that hissacrifices were of blood, and human blood at that, is indisputable.