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Glossary Items starting with 'K'

  • Kaaba

    A building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that is one of the most sacred sites in Islam. A pilgrimage to the Kaaba, at least once in a lifetime, is mandatory for all Muslims who are able to go.

  • Kabbalah

    A set of esoteric, mystical Jewish teachings that emerged in the Middle Ages; it attempts to convey the unknowable Divine in terms humans can understand. (Cognate: Kabbalistic.)

  • Kabbalistic

    Relating to a set of esoteric, mystical Jewish teachings that emerged in the Middle Ages that attempts to convey the unknowable Divine in terms humans can understand.

  • Karaites

    Jews who accept the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) as their only source of authority, thus excluding rabbinic traditions. The movement was most widespread in the medieval Middle East.

  • kashrut

    The Jewish system of dietary rules. Among other things, it prohibits pork and shellfish, requires meat products and milk products to be eaten separately, and mandates a specific method of slaughtering animals.

  • Kemosh

    The national god of the Moabite people.

  • kerygma

    A modern theological term for the genre and content of Jesus' message in the New Testament, derived from the Greek term for "proclamation."

  • King James Version

    An English translation of the Christian Bible, initiated in 1604 by King James I of England. It became the standard Biblical translation in the English-speaking world until the 20th century.

  • Kispu

    A Mesopotamian social institution of a funerary feast including food and water offerings for the dead. The term can also refer to funerary rituals made at a family tomb.

  • kosher

    Permitted within the Jewish system of dietary rules.

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