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LADDER . In ancient times ladders were used chiefly for scaling the walls of a besieged city, as frequently shown on the Egyptian and Assyrian monuments (Wilkinson, Anc. Egyp . i. 243; Layard, Nineveh , ii. 372). Although this use of them is probably implied in Proverbs 21:22 , scaling-ladders are first expressly mentioned in the time of the Maccabees ( 1Ma 5:30 ). See Fortification, §§ 3, 6.

Jacob’s ‘ladder’ (Genesis 28:12 ) seems to have been rather a ‘flight of stone steps, rising up to heaven’ (Driver, Com. in loc .).

A. R. S. Kennedy.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ladder'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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