The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ladder[Heb sullām < sālal—‘cast up, build’ (Gen. 28:12)].In the Near East ladders were made of wood, metal, and rope. In Mesopotamia, ladders were used in the 3rd millennium b.c. for constructing buildings and gaining access to the fruit on tall trees. Reliefs from Egypt and Mesopotamia illustrate
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
ladder. In the ancient Near East, ladders might be composed of wood, metal, or rope. The most frequent uses of constructed ladders were to gain access to rooftops or to storerooms that, for reasons of security, had no openings at ground level. The Hebrew word most often translated “ladder” (sullam) could
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LADDER. Direct reference to a ladder is found only in Gen 28:12. The Heb. sullām, from a verb meaning “to raise or heap up.” is used only here in the OT. H. C. Leupold states that the word “is well established in its meaning ‘ladder’ ” (Exposition of Genesis, p. 772). D. Kidner (Genesis, pp. 158 f.),
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LadderA graded series of stages or levels. It may be a structure made of wood, metal, or rope with two side pieces and a series of rungs. The ladder symbolically represents upward movement or improvement and was considered a place where humanity and divinity interact, a means of linking heaven and earth
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ladder (Heb. sūllām; Gk. klímax). * Ladders were used in construction, arboriculture (ANEP, nos. 96), and siege warfare (1 Macc. 5:30; cf. ANEP nos. 311, 344, 359, 365).The ladder (or stairway) seen by Jacob in a dream at Bethel (Gen. 28:12) may have been suggested by the naturally
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
LADDER (Heb. sūllām; “staircase”). This word occurs only in the account of Jacob’s dream at Bethel (Gen. 28:12, “and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven,” etc.). By many the rendering “staircase” (NIV, “stairway”) is preferred, and is supposed to apply to the rocky
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ladderladder, the term that translates Hebrew sullām in the story of Jacob’s dream in Gen. 28:12 where it describes a means of ascent from earth to heaven (cf. John 1:51). Normal devices for ascending heights included rock-cut steps and constructed ladders of wood, metal, or rope. Archaeological evidences
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LADDER — a device consisting of two long sidepieces, joined at intervals by parallel rungs, used for climbing up or down. This word occurs only once in Scripture—in the account of Jacob’s dream at Bethel (Gen. 28:12). In this incident Jacob learned that in spite of all the underhanded things he had done,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LADDER Series of steps used for ascent or descent. The Hebrew term may refer to steps carved out of rock or to steps constructed from wood, metal, stone, or even rope. The angels ascending and descending in Jacob’s vision point to God’s presence with Jacob (Gen. 28:12). Jesus’ promise to Nathaniel points
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
ladder. This English word is used by the KJV and other versions to render Hebrew sullām H6150, which occurs only in the account of Jacob’s dream (Gen. 28:12; NIV, “stairway”). This image, it has been thought, was suggested by a flight of stone steps in the rock strata in the area where Jacob fell asleep.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LADDER [סֻלָּםsullam; κλῖμαξ klimax]. A common translation of the Hebrew word sullam that occurs in the account of Jacob’s dream (Gen 28:12). It occurs in the OT only here. Being derived from the root sll (סלל), “to lift up” or “to heap up,” the word is better translated as “stairway.” The word serves