Die Bibel in Bildern, Plate 32. Click on image to enlarge it.. Artist: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Engraver: unknown. Source:
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. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;. [Genesis 28: 12-13; King James Bible.]
Jacob's dream of a stairway to heaven which angels descended and ascended was one of many Old Testament passages understood to be a type, or divinely intended prefiguration of Christ and his dispensation. This particular plate is notable for its lovely landscape and for the sleeping youth, who seems to have come from a Roman statue.
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Die Bibel in Bildern [Picture Bible] von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Leipzig: Georg Wigands, 1860. Hathi Digital Trust Library online version of a copy in the Columbia University Library. Web. 25 June 2016. — George P. Landow.
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