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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In 1952, the Hebrew and Aramaic fragments of the book of Tobit, one of the so-called deuterocanonical books of the Catholics and the East, were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. It has historically developed along three different lines of textual criticism. It purports to tell the first-hand account of a battle with […]
Tobit 2:3-7, RSV: But he came back and said, “Father, one of our people has been strangled and thrown into the market place.” So before I tasted anything I sprang up and removed the body to a place of shelter until sunset. And when I returned I washed myself and ate my food in sorrow. […]