Q. Re: Mark 10:25. Is there any truth in the theory that a ‘camel’ is an Aramaic reference to a thick rope used to secure boats to docks etc, which would make a lot more sense than referring to an animal?
A. In the early 400’s AD Cyril of Alexandria, who was the bishop there, claimed that kamelos (camel) was a misprint of kamilos, meaning “rope” or “cable” in Mark 10:25. But even if that’s true, and most scholars reject the idea, threading a needle with a rope would still be an impossible feat and wouldn’t change the conclusion that it’s impossible for a man to gain entry into the Kingdom on his own merits, and in fact being wealthy could actually make it more so. The Lord’s response to Peter’s question, “Who then can be saved?” would still be true. “With man this is impossible, but not with God. All things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:26-27).
Remember, the idea is not to find a way to make what the Lord said seem more logical to us. It’s to learn from what He said and use it as a guide for our life.