“Jacob left Beer-sheba and headed toward Charan. He came to a familiar place and spent the night there because the sun had already set. Taking some stones, he placed them at his head and lay down to sleep there. He had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground, and its top reached up toward heaven. God’s angels were going up and down on it. Suddenly he saw God standing over him. [God] said, ‘I am God, Lord of Abraham your father, and Lord of Isaac. I will give to you and your descendants the land upon which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth.’ ”
Not ten feet away is the tall, wooded scarp marking the Hayward fault just off Tunnel Road. The homeless person whose camp this is will witness the Big One close up, as will the splendid old Berkeley mansion just up the way.