Apocrypha / Deuterocanonical Books

Tobit (Douay-Reims Bible)

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Cruelty and Violence
Science and History

Dwindling in Unbelief

Tobit: Absurdity

  1. Because of King Sennacherib's blasphemy, God slaughtered lots of Israelites, which Tobias promptly buried. When the king found out about it (Tobias burying the dead bodies), he commanded Tobias to be killed and confiscated all his stuff. But Tobias ran away naked. 1:21-23

  2. God blinded Tobias Sr. by having a swallow's nest fall on his eyes, as a Job-like example. 2:11-12

  3. Raguel gave Tobias Jr. his daughter, along with half of his slaves and other possessions. 10:10

  4. The angel Raphael tells Tobias Jr. to take along the gall of a fish. When he got home, Junior rubbed the rotten fish gall in his dad's eyes for a half hour or so. Then a white skin peeled off of his eyes, "like the skin of an egg." As soon as Tobias Sr. peeled the egg skin off of his eyeballs, he could see just fine. 11:4-15

  5. Raphael, the amazing archangel, arranged Tobias Jr.'s marriage with Sara, after chasing away the evil spirit that was hanging out in her body. He also saved Tobias from being eaten by "a monstrous fish." 12:3

  6. Raphael was on a mission from God to deliver Sara from the devil. 12:14

  7. "They fell ... on their face." Everyone "fell on their face" when they found out about Raphael. (Bible characters do that a lot.) 12:16

  8. Angels eat invisible meat and drink invisible fluids. 12:19

  9. Trying to set a new biblical record, the Tobias family kept their faces on the ground for three hours after Raphael beamed up to heaven. 12:22

  10. "Thou art great, O Lord ... For thou ... leadest down to hell." 13:1-2