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(He klimax (apo tes klimakos) Turou): Not mentioned in the Old Testament or the New Testament, but in Apocrypha (1 Maccabees 11:59), where it is said that Antiochus VI, after having confirmed Jonathan in the high-priesthood, appointed his brother Simon captain over the territory included between the Ladder of Tyre and the borders of Egypt. The Ladder has been located at different points on the coast between Tyre and Acre, such as the Ras el-`Abyadh ("Promontorium Album" of the ancient geographers), about 7 miles South of Tyre, and Ras en-Naqurah, about 6 miles farther South, and Ras el-Musheirifeh, a little farther on. These are capes jutting westward into the sea from the ridge which runs parallel to the general line of the coast. These capes project more than a mile into the sea, and present a very bold and precipitous front from 200 to 300 ft. in height. The ascent on either side of the promontory is very steep, and at Ras el-`Abyadh steps were cut in the white rock, which led to the identification of this point with the Ladder, but a reference to Josephus (B J, II, x, 2) leads to a different conclusion. He locates it 100 stadia North of Acre, which corresponds fairly well with the southern limit of the whole promontory, which is about 12 miles North of Acre, but not at all with Ras el-`Abyadh. The altitude of el Musheirifeh is greater than that of el-`Abyadh and may have had steps cut in it similar to the latter. It is more probable that the Ladder of Tyre was here, or at en-Naqurah, but the term applied to the whole promontory, which offered a serious obstacle to the passage of armies, or even caravans, since the approach is precipitous on either side, and at Ras el-`Abyadh the road skirts the edge of a sheer precipice, where a misstep would hurl one into the sea some 200 ft. below. The application of the term to the whole promontory seems to be indicated by Josephus, since he speaks of it as one of the mountains which encompass the plain of Ptolemais (Acre) and the highest of all. This would not be true of any one of the three capes mentioned, but would be if the hills behind, which form their base, were included. That it was designated as the Ladder of Tyre rather than of Acre was probably due to the fact that the promontory is nearer the former city (see Thomson, LB, II, edition 1882; SWP, name-lists, under the word).

H. Porter


(klimakos Turou): Given. in 1 Maccabees 11:59 as the northern limit of the territory placed under the authority of Simon Thassi the Maccabee by Antiochus VI (Theos), in the year 143 B.C. The statement of Josephus (B J, II, x, 2) that it was 100 furlongs North of Ptolemais, and a similar indication of position in the Jerusalem Talmud (Ab Zar 19) lead us to identify it with Ras-en-Naqurah and not with Ras-el-`Abyad (Promontorium Album of Pliny), as has been done. Here the rugged hills of Upper Galilee descend in bold precipices to the sea and leave no beach between. A natural barrier is thus formed which prevented the histories of Israel and Tyre from ever touching one another except in peaceful relations.

W. M. Christie



See SIEGE, 4, (e).

Strong's Hebrew
5551. sullam -- a ladder
... 5550, 5551. sullam. 5552 . a ladder. Transliteration: sullam Phonetic
Spelling: (sool-lawm') Short Definition: ladder. Word Origin ...
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3883. lul -- a shaft or enclosed space with steps or ladder
... 3882, 3883. lul. 3884 . a shaft or enclosed space with steps or ladder.
Transliteration: lul Phonetic Spelling: (lool) Short Definition: stairs. ...
/hebrew/3883.htm - 6k


Jacob's Ladder Gen 28:12:00
... BOOK I. On select Passages of Scripture. GENESIS Hymn 9 Jacob's Ladder Gen 28:12.
John Newton 7,7,7,7. Jacob's Ladder Gen 28:12. If the LORD our leader be,. ...
// hymns/hymn 9 jacobs ladder gen.htm

A Long Ladder Tumbles to the Ground.
... A Long Ladder Tumbles to the Ground. I remember hearing of a man who dreamt
that he built a ladder from earth to heaven, and when ...
/.../moody/moodys anecdotes and illustrations/a long ladder tumbles to.htm

The Cross of Christ is the Jacob's Ladder by which we Ascend into ...
... THE FIRST CENTURY 60 The Cross of Christ is the Jacob's ladder by which
we ascend into the highest heavens. The Cross of Christ is ...
/.../traherne/centuries of meditations/60 the cross of christ.htm

Argument. --When the Saints were Apprehended, St. Perpetua ...
... I saw a golden ladder of marvellous height, reaching up even to heaven, and very
narrow, so that persons could only ascend it one by one; and on the sides of ...
/.../chapter i argument when the saints were.htm

February the Fifth Everywhere the Gate of Heaven
... Jacob had yet to learn that there is everywhere "a ladder set up on the earth and
the top of it reaches to heaven." There was a ladder from the very tent in ...
/.../my daily meditation for the circling year/february the fifth everywhere the.htm

The Fifth Commandment
... The commandments may be likened to Jacob's ladder: the first table respects God,
and is the top of the ladder that reaches to heaven; the second respects ...
/.../watson/the ten commandments/2 5 the fifth commandment.htm

When Diamond Got Round the Corner of the Hay...
... And just beside him was the ladder going straight down into the stable, up which
his father always came to fetch the hay for Diamond's dinner. ...
/.../macdonald/at the back of the north wind/chapter 2 when diamond got.htm

"I'll Never Steal Again --If Father Kills Me for It"
... It was vacant. He saw a ladder pushed through the ceiling. ... The gentleman went away,
came back again in less than two hours and climbed the ladder. ...
/.../ill never steal againif father.htm

Ecdippa. Achzib. Joshua 19:29; Judges 1:31 Climax of the Tyrians.
... "Climax (or the ladder) of the ... When they came to the ladder of the Tyrians, Rabban
Gamaliel came down, and veils himself, and, sitting, resolved his vow. ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 65 ecdippa achzib joshua.htm

Steadfast unto the End
... The apostle presents before the believers the ladder of Christian progress, every
step of which represents advancement in the knowledge of God, and in the ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 52 steadfast unto the.htm

ATS Bible Dictionary

Genesis 28:12-17. The comforting vision of the heavenly ladder shown to the fugitive Jacob, assured him of the omnipresent providence of God, and of his communication of all needed good to his people in the desert of this world, Hebrews 1:14. It was also an assurance that there was a way open from earth to heaven, as well as from heaven to earth; and we may see in it an illustration of the nature of Christ, in which heaven and earth meet; and of his work, which brings man home to God.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Occurs only once, in the account of Jacob's vision (Genesis 28:12).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps.

2. (v. i.) That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence.

Ladder (1 Occurrence)
... 2. (vi) That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which
one attains to eminence. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. LADDER OF TYRE. ...
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Scale (38 Occurrences)
... by exposure. 17. (vi) To separate; to scatter. 18. (n.) A ladder; a series
of steps; a means of ascending. 19. (n.) Hence, anything ...
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Tyre (59 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) Curdled milk. 2. (n. & v.) Attire. See Tire.
3. (vi) To prey. See Tire. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. LADDER OF TYRE. ...
/t/tyre.htm - 45k

Bethel (67 Occurrences)
... name of the Lord" (13:4). Here Jacob, on his way from Beersheba to Haran, had a
vision of the angels of God ascending and descending on the ladder whose top ...
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Turn (963 Occurrences)
... 33. (n.) A fall off the ladder at the gallows; a hanging; -- so called from the
practice of causing the criminal to stand on a ladder which was turned over, so ...
/t/turn.htm - 41k

Jacob (361 Occurrences)
... when, twenty years before, the weary, solitary traveller, on his way to Padan-aram,
saw the angels of God ascending and descending on the ladder whose top ...
/j/jacob.htm - 77k

Lade (4 Occurrences)

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Vision (106 Occurrences)
... helot whom Paul had seen on the streets of Troas and who embodied for him the pitiful
misery of the regions across the sea; and "Jacob's ladder" (Genesis 28:12 ...
/v/vision.htm - 45k

Ladanum (2 Occurrences)

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Bible Concordance
Ladder (1 Occurrence)

Genesis 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.



Ladder in Jacob's Vision

Ladder of Tyre

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