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Jacob's ladder

by Micha F. Lindemans
Tha ladder described in Genesis XXVIII 12, reaching from earth to heaven, on which Jacob saw in a dream angels anscending and descending. He saw angels in the guise of the princes of Babylon, Edon, Greecem and Media go up a symbolic number of steps and come down. The only one who did not ascend was the angel in the guise of the king of Edom. Although he saw a picture of him adorning the Throne of Glory, Jacob did not aspire to climb the ladder himself. In many European countries, especially Poland, it is believed that the heavens part on Christmas night to reveal Jacob's ladder with its angels coming and going between earth and heaven.

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