This doesn’t really apply to the entire book, but the ability of the person to see and know what it happening above his grave serves as the connection. Plus, I really like the song.
Just working through the Deuterocanonical and Cognate Yearbook 2009 by interacting with a few of the articles. Death and Burial in the Tobit Narration in the Context of the Old Testament Tradition – Beate Ego I don’t fully agree with Ego’s understanding of Tobit 3.10, in which Sara is said to keep from committing suicide in order to keep from father from coming to sorrow in Hades (καὶ κατάξω τὸ γῆρας τοῦ πατρός μου μετὰ λύπης εἰς ᾅδου (Tob 3:10 BGT)). Much like the use of Hades in 13.2, it is a poetic device representing the separation from God. Or, we
Tobit’s community is not doubt a mixed one, filled with no hope for the afterlife but entertaining the thoughts of angels; yet, Tobit shares a view of the dead’s state which is perplexing, or perhaps, merely poetic. For Tobit, a person dies and goes “to the eternal place” (3.6), to Sheol (3.10), ‘into the darkness’ (4.10; 14.10) or lie ‘in darkness’ (5.10). It is the description that Tobit gives in 5.10 that is the most interesting. Then Tobias went out and called him, and said, “Young man, my father is calling for you.” So he went in to him,
I’ve been reading through Tobit for a while now, and came across some artwork relating to the story. Some of the best were by an artist named Rembrandt: That’s right, a goat. Read the book to find out why. I didn’t know that 4th-2nd century bc(e) looked like medieval Europe and angels were all really just big cupids with more clothes. Like Wisdom, Tobit provided inspiration for great European artists along side that of other canonical stories. You can find more here: Tobit, Anna and Tobias – Olga’s Gallery.
If we take Bauckham’s position that Tobit is a parable to the Northern Tribes in exile, then we can understand the use of parabolic language which also finds its way into the New Testament thought-world. As I wrote previously, I find that there is a slight connection between the author of Tobit and his parables and the parables of Christ in the Gospels. This is another example of that thread of connection. This is not to say that Tobit is any more inspired than the next novella but it does provide insight into the religious and social expectations of
Then during the reign of Esar-haddon I returned home, and my wife Anna and my son Tobias were restored to me. At our festival of Pentecost, which is the sacred festival of weeks, a good dinner was prepared for me and I reclined to eat. When the table was set for me and an abundance of food placed before me, I said to my son Tobias, “Go, my child, and bring whatever poor person you may find of our people among the exiles in Nineveh, who is wholeheartedly mindful of God, and he shall eat together with me. I