3 edition of Eye of the Needle found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||Jul 01, 1979|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 106 p. :|
|Number of Pages||80|
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A giant camel fitting inside of the tiny eye of a sewing needle!
Email Address: Sign me up! Great sermon material, with the parallels of coming to God on our knees without all our baggage. There are some differences in the transmitted Greek. The riches are a distraction and hard to share if one is too attached to them. The aim is not, then, to explain away the paradox and make the needle a huge carpet needle for, elsewhere, the Jewish writings use the "eye of the needle" as a picture of a very small place, "A needle's eye is not too narrow for two friends, but the world is not wide enough for two enemies.
After dark, when the main gates were shut, travellers or merchants would have to use this smaller gate, through which the camel could only enter unencumbered and crawling on its knees! there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter Eye of the Needle life, keep the commandments.
Jesus reflects on how hard it often is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. What we have instead then, I believe, is a beautiful Hebrew hyperbole, as in the tree sticking out of one's eye whilst one is removing a speck in another's eye! Thus the aphorism is culturally translated from a camel to an elephant in regions outside of Israel. The needle in Matthew and Mark is a rafic. 21 Yet he was afraid he might not be able, because he was not baptized, but a voice came: Let him do what he will.
19 When they were brought Peter stuck the needle in the ground, with the flesh, the woman was on the camel. 'The camel and the eye of the needle', Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25 Just where is that gate in Jerusalem?
For the difficulty is not apparent it is real, and not be solved by textual trickery but by taking the ludicrous language at face value. Another possible solution comes from the possibility of Eye of the Needle Greek misprint. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Hence it is easier to thread a needle with a rope rather than a strand of cotton than for a rich man to enter the kingdom.
This mars the figure and receives no justification from the language and traditions of Palestine.
by Shawn Brasseaux The Bible says:• Later Christians have turned this around to portray wealth as a hindrance to salvation, which it can be — but no more so than many other things, when the message is that salvation is impossible for all men for it comes from God alone. Indeed, 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 the verdict is that even the rich, not only the rich, will find it impossible to save themselves — but with God Eye of the Needle things are possible. Peter said: If you believe, you shall.
The needle in Matthew and Mark is a rafic.