Book of Numbers, Chaldean An ancient Chaldean work no longer popularly extant. "A work which contains all that is found in the Zohar of Simeon Ben-Jochai, and much more. It must be the older by many centuries, and in one sense its original, as it contains all the fundamental principles taught in the Jewish Kabbalistic works, but none of their blinds. It is very rare indeed, there being perhaps only two or three copies extant, and these in private hands" (TG 75). "It is one of the 'Books of Hermes,' and it is referred to and quotations are made from it in the works of a number of ancient and mediaeval philosophical authors. Among these authorities are Arnoldo di Villanova's 'Rosarium philosoph.'; Francesco Arnolphim's 'Lucensis opus de lapide,' Hermes Trismegistus' 'Tractatus de transmutatione metallorum,' 'Tabula smaragdina,' and above all in the treatise of Raymond Lulli, 'Ab angelis opus divinum de quinta essentia' " (IU 1:254n).
Dictionary source: Rakefet
English to English translation of Chaldean chaldean \chal*de"an\ (?), a. [l. chaldaeus.] of or pertaining to chaldea. -- n. (a) a native or inhabitant of chaldea. (b) a learned man, esp. an astrologer; -- so called among the eastern nations, because astrology and the kindred arts were much cultivated by the chaldeans. (c) nestorian.
Dictionary source: WordNet 2.0
English to English translation of Chaldean
A native or inhabitant of Chaldea. (n.)
A learned man, esp. an astrologer; -- so called among the Eastern nations, because astrology and the kindred arts were much cultivated by the Chaldeans. (a.)
Of or pertaining to Chaldea.