From: F. Holly Mitchell (
Date: Tue Feb 03 1998 - 10:58:00 EST


> What is a translation for the Greek word KAMIILON? "Rope"?

Liddell & Scott define KAMHLOS (with the variant spelling of KAMILOS) as
'camel', which Gesenius says is found in all Phoenicio-Shemitic languages.
L & S have another entry, however, which reads:

acc. to Suid., and Schol. Ar. Vesp. 1030, 'a rope': but prob. invented
merely to explain away the well-known passage in the NT "for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle", etc., where 'a rope' might seem to us a more
prob. image than a 'camel': but the Arabs have a proverb, "like an
elephant going through a needle's eye" and "to swallow a camel" occurs in
NT; so that this is needless.

God Bless,
Ginger Ferguson
Univ of the Ozarks

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