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Eye of a Needle


Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 19:24). Some commentators make this hyperbolic expression more sensible by referring “the eye of the needle” to a small gate next to the main entrance of the city gate. The camel and other gigantic animals could not pass through that narrow gate. Only pedestrians used it and was popularly known as “the eye of the needle”. Babylonians used elephants for the same proverb. Since elephants were not available in Palestine, the Palestinians replaced it with a camel, the biggest animal there.


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