The Book of Tobit in the Catholic Bible
The Book of Tobit is one of seven books in the Roman Catholic Bible which are not included in Protestant Bibles that follow the Old Testament canon promoted by Martin Luther. It was considered apochryphal by the Reformers despite the fact that it was in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures, long before the time of Jesus Christ. One Hebrew fragment of the Book of Tobit and four Aram aic manuscripts were discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. boccaccioravello
Ancient recensions of the text include Greek, Syriac, and Latin versions. The Old Latin version, represented by Codex Sinaiticus, is closest to the Aramaic texts found at Qumran. Some scholars propose that Tobit was written in Aramaic in Palestine about the year 200 B.C.E.
The story of the Book of Tobit is an allegory that dates back to the time of the fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians which took place in 734 B.C.E. Tobit was a young man at the time and was exiled from Israel along with his tribe of Naphtali. Living in Nineveh, Tobit was careful not to adopt the ways of the Assyrians and kept faith in the Lord, the God of Israel. Now he is an old man and blind. Tobit’s kinsman Raguel lives in Ecbatana in Media and his daughter Sarah has lost seven husbands in succession on her wedding night. Each one was killed by the demon Asmodeus. coloradoskihome
Both Tobit and Sarah pray to God for death, but the Lord answers them in his own way. He sends his angel Raphael to Tobit and then he accompanies Tobit’s son, Tobias, to go Raguel in Media. Tobias marries Sarah and is not killed on the wedding night. Tobias acquires a cure for his father’s blindness and returns to Tobit with his wife Sarah. Tobit’s blindness is cured and Sarah can now live with her husband Tobias. Raphael reveals God’s benevolence and care for his people even when life is bleak and seemingly hopeless. For more info please visit these sites :- https://www.thebookcliffsbnb.com
There are several prayers and hymns to God in the Book of Tobit. From praying for death because of misfortune, Tobit is inspired to praise the Lord in a long hymn to His glory. He sees Jerusalem restored and the Temple rebuilt. He sees the gates of Jerusalem rebuilt with sapphire and emeralds, the walls of precious gems, and the towers of gold. The streets of Jerusalem are composed of ruby and stones from Ophir. The gates of Jerusalem echo songs of exultation. All Jerusalem’s houses bless the God of Israel. Within her all people will bless the holy name for ever and ever.