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The term " eye of a needle " is used as a metaphor for a very narrow opening. It occurs several times throughout the Talmud.
The New Testament quotes Jesus as saying that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". The eye of a sewing needle The Crusher - Various - Through The Eye Of The Needle the part formed into a loop for pulling thread, located at the end opposite from the point. The Babylonian Talmud applies the aphorism to unthinkable The Crusher - Various - Through The Eye Of The Needle . To explain that dreams reveal the thoughts of a man's heart, the product of reason rather than the absence of it, some rabbis say:.
A Midrash on the Song of Songs uses the phrase to speak of God's willingness and ability beyond comparison, to accomplish the salvation of a sinner:.
Rav Sheishet of Nehardea applies the same aphorism to the convoluted reasoning for which the sages of Pumbedita were evidently famous: "Are you from Pumbedita, where they push an elephant through the eye of a needle?
Parallel versions appear in Markand Luke I Cant Deal With You (Till The Meds Kick In) - Phog Masheeen - Survey Of Brutality saying was a response to a young rich man who had asked Jesus what he needed to do in order to inherit eternal life.
Jesus replied that he should keep the commandments, to which the man stated he had done. Jesus responded, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, Marylin - Offenbach - Tabernac you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me. Jesus then spoke this response, leaving his disciples astonished. In modern times, the scripture has been used as We Are With YouBrother - Various - The Last Drakkar - In Memory Of Mariusz counterargument to the prosperity gospelthe belief that accruing wealth is a virtue favored by God.
The "Eye of the Needle" has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalemwhich opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed. This story has been put forth since at least the 15th century, and possibly as far back as the 9th century.
However, there is no widely accepted evidence for the existence of such a gate. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Very narrow opening. This article is about the metaphor. For the parts of a needle, see Sewing needle. For other uses, see Eye of the Needle disambiguation. Main article: Jesus and the rich young man. Hebrew New Testament Studies.
Retrieved 21 June Berlin: Akademie-Verlag. Matthew Downers Grove, Ill. He shows this comparison to be not entirely pointless as a camel would bebut he makes it an exceedingly difficult matter; in fact, next to impossible.
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