Re: Dates, Camel or Rope ... and NT humour

From: George Athas (
Date: Sun Feb 08 1998 - 18:50:17 EST

Neil D Booth wrote:

> 2. On the gnat/camel question, haven't I read somewhere that part of the
> joke lies in the Aramaic word-play that is lost in the Greek ... gnat is
> galma, camel is gamla?

Well Neil, the Aramaic word you're thinking of is _kalma_ which means
"vermin" or perhaps "louse". Yes, it makes for a very witty pun, doesn't it?

Best regards!
George Athas
 PhD (Cand.), University of Sydney
 Tutor of Hebrew, Moore Theological College
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