Eye of the Needle
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 28x35 in
- There is a well-known biblical expression that says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
- The eye of the needle mentioned in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke was one of several gates in the massive walls surrounding the City of Jerusalem.
- The eye of the needle was such a narrow passage that anyone with a camel load of goods had to dismantle much of the load for the animal to pass through.
- Custom had it that everything taken off the camel at this point should be given to the temple – the rich must share with religious leaders and the people.
Note how the caravan stretches across the desert
like a thread unrolling from a ball of golden
wool – the sun. In world culture, a thread was
often associated with fate, so the whole procession
reminds us of human life following its course
from rising at the dawn (birth) to shrinking at the