Bethel

Passing by "the frowning face" of a Salvation Army establishment in Lombard Street, Bloom recalls the rudiments of Hebrew that he learned from his father to decipher the significance of its name: "Bethel. El, yes: house of: Aleph, Beth." As Bloom observes, "Beth" is both the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Daleth) and a word meaning house or (as he thinks) "house of." Bloom seems to recognize the meaning of "El"—God—but he does not articulate it.

JH 2014

Source: bethelchristiancenter.net.

The Dream of Jacob, oil painting by José de Ribera (1639), held in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Source: Wikimedia Commons.