Their topics include divine retribution and reward revisited: the rereading and reapplication of Isaiah 59 in Wisdom 5, the ultimate femme fatale: an intertextual comparison of Judith and Inanna, Mother Zion and Mother Earth in Second Baruch and Fourth Ezra, and the Book of Tobit
in the story Cornelius in Acts 10.
After the chapter on Roman antiquity, the author moves to sections in Judaism and the "New Testament." Here we find a similar methodology, one that might well be labeled a game of intellectual hopscotch, as we proceed from the Book of Tobit
to the epistles of Paul, again with just the right dash of contemporary scholarship to pave the way between the attempted analyses of the disparate selections of ancient sources.
Another coup was his painting of Tobias healing his father's blindness, a subject drawn from the apocryphal Book of Tobit
, which tells how the archangel Raphael directed Tobias to rub his father's eyes with fish gall (Fig.
In the Apocryphal Book of Tobit
in the Christian Bible, I read the following passage in Chapter 3 verse 17: "So Raphael was sent to heal both of them: Tobit, by removing the white films from his eyes, so that he might see Gods light with his eyes; and Sarah, daughter of Raquel, by giving her in marriage to Tobias, son of Tobit."
And yet, besides the prominent inclusion of the seventh work in the Allegory of Mercy of 1342, joined by those archival invocations, the mention of two copies of (presumably) the Book of Tobit
kept in the company headquarters, and records of the annual banquets of the confratelli celebrating his feast, esteemed legends and additional documentation further suggest that burial of the dead was elemental to the purpose of the Misericordia from its earliest years.
The ultimate time of need, of course, is the hour of death, and the book of Tobit
continues the development of the theology of charity to include salvation in the life to come:
Among the numerous paintings showing stories from the Bible in European art, there are many that show scenes from the Book of Tobit
. Not well known today, this ancient Hebrew text was still read and treasured in the 1500s and 1600s for its moral examples, even though it had been left out of the canon of sacred scripture and relegated to the Apocrypha.
Taken from the Book of Tobit
in the Apocrypha section of the Bible, the story is a good match for modern cinema and TV drama - adventure with a touch of the fantastic.
The subject is taken from the apocryphal Book of Tobit
. Tobias was sent by his blind father, the merchant Tobit, to collect a debt.
In her fourth chapter on the canon, Dove highlights Wyclif's commitment to the truth of scripture and to the Bible's centrality as containing "everything necessary for salvation, when understood in the light of Christ" (84), his eschewal of pictorial representations of biblical narratives, and the surprising elevation of the book of Tobit
, which promoted marriage and family, all of which foreshadow similar concerns among the sixteenth-century reformers.
the book of Tobit
, she finds Sara murdering her seven husbands, one
46).8 In the light of all I have noted so far, I would like to suggest that one way of approaching "The Magic Barrel" and especially the enigmatic figure of Pinye Salzman within it, is to draw attention to its correspondences with the Book of Tobit
and to suggest that Malamud may also have been drawing on Milton's Paradise Lost and its intertextual relationship with Tobit.