Passing by "the frowning face of Bethel," a Salvation Army hostel in Lombard Street, Bloom deciphers the significance of its name, recalling the bits of Hebrew that he learned from his father: "El, yes: house of: Aleph, Beth." As he seems to recognize, "Beth" is both the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (aleph, beth, gimel, daleth) and a word (bet) meaning "house of." He also seems to know the meaning of "El"—God—but does not articulate it.

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Detail from ca.1900 map showing the then Methodist Chapel on the west side of Lombard Street, just south of Townsend Street, posted by someone at Dorman Architects in Dublin. Source:

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