Light on Matthew 11:7b from an Aramaic Reconstruction

In Matthew 11:7, Jesus asks the crowd a question concerning John the Baptist: what did you go out into the wilderness to see; a reed shaken by the wind? There is a depth to this question which has remained unexplored. Far from being a poetic image meant to convey something prosaic, this question
probably alludes to an actual term of contempt used by the enemies of John.

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