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Response to Cal33 (Reply #166)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 02:07 AM

179. Camel is used because the greek word is kamilos. In the provided URL,

read the section Makes sense in Aramaic, where similar sayings are elsewhere in Judaism both with an elephant and camel.

Some excerpts (original source has Talmudic references):


Jewish Talmudic literature uses a similar aphorism about an elephant passing through the eye of a needle as a figure of speech implying the unlikely or impossible:
"They do not show a man a palm tree of gold, nor an elephant going through the eye of a needle."



But beyond impossibility is possibility with God for, elsewhere, a Jewish midrash records:
"The Holy One said, open for me a door as big as a needle's eye and I will open for you a door through which may enter tents and (camels?)"

In other words God only needs the sinner to open up just a crack for him and God will come pouring in and set up room for an oasis. God only needs a 'foot in the door', so to speak.


With this, camel is the appropriate translation. (I checked several Greek lexicons.) Messiah Yeshua is making allusion to things his Jewish audience would be familiar. The Talmud is the Jewish oral history. For your example, its not the case of a Greek word or idiom. It's more looking further back to the Jewish sources.

Thanks for providing this example. Going through this Greek exercise reminded me of my need to resume my Biblical Greek studies, from which I had taken a 2 month break.

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