Question: Does the camel through an eye of a needle refer to a needle’s eye gate (a small door in a big city gate through which a camel could enter if it got down on its knees)?
Answer: No. This idea was made up by a monk in the 10th century. See Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, p. xx.
There is a parallel to the needle metaphor in the Babylonian Talmud.
Jesus was noting that it is quite difficult for the rich to enter
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