From: Andrew Kulikovsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Feb 04 1998 - 17:19:03 EST
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> From: Edward Hobbs [SMTP:EHOBBS@wellesley.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, February 05, 1998 8:16 AM
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> Cc: B-Greek@virginia.edu
> Subject: Re: KAMIILON
> John Pass comments:
> " Please forgive me for saying something I have not personally
> researched: Wasn't it a custom in those days, after the gates
> of a city had been closed, to let in travelers/merchants through
> a smaller gate/door in the wall for security reasons. Thereby,
> forcing a loaded camel to unload and bend beneath the door frame
> And the saying 'eye of a needle' became synonymous with this doorway.
> This, if true, would support the camel definition. I cannot remember
> my source for this as it was sometime ago. "
> This was told by my Sunday School teacher to us, sixty years ago.
> It is of course pure fiction; but it has the lovely advantage that
> one can conclude that, like the ancient camel, we who might benrich
> get rid of our "baggage" (riches), get down on our knees, and pray!
> The story seems to be at least a hundred years old, maybe more.
> Edward Hobbs
Yes it is pure fiction.
According to Gordon Fee, it can be tracked down to a monk from
the 10th century (I think - I don't have his book at hand - see ch. 1 of
How to Read the Bible for all its Worth - by Fee & Stuart).
I think this is significant since, it IS IMPOSSIBLE for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle just as it is impossible for a person
who places more value on wealth than anything else to enter the Kingdom
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