Today I’ll refer you to some different perspectives about this fascinating text in the Gospel of John, pertaining to the ladder that extends from earth to heaven. What is this ladder?
John 1: 51 (Jesus’s saying) alludes to Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28:12 (Jacob’s dream)
John 1:51: “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Genesis 28:12 “He dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”
1. Jewish Mysticism – Kabbalah: Jacob’s Ladder as Prayer :
2. Here is a good article, summarizing Christian interpretation:
3. African American Spirituals (see links below )
c) Here is a Scottish Male Choir, singing the African American Spiritual We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: African American Spiritual
4. Esoteric: Lecture by Manly Hall: The Physical dimension is a manifestation of an Invisible dimension. So taught Manly Hall, an esotericist and mystic.