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Literature / Book of Tobit

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One of the apocryphal books that is not included in the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament. In the story, a man named Tobit who lives in Nineveh loses his eyesight and has to rely upon his wife's job to make ends meet. Meanwhile, a young woman named Sarah is losing husbands to a demon named Asmodeus and fears the bad reputation she's getting because of it. Both Tobit's prayer and Sarah's are answered by God, who sends an angel to help Tobit's son Tobias to deliver a bag of money that's been held in security in another town back home. The angel also helps Tobias conquer the demon that's been causing Sarah trouble.


This book provides examples of:

  • Angel Unaware: The Archangel Raphael doesn't reveal his identity to Tobit and his family until near the end of the story.
  • Black Widow: The reputation Sarah has been getting from her husbands dying on her during their wedding week.
  • Canine Companion: Tobit's dog accompanies him on his journey.
  • Cartwright Curse: Sarah, whose husbands have been killed off by the demon Asmodeus.
  • Death by Sex: The curse that fell upon Sarah's seven husbands.
  • Despair Speech: Tobit's and Sarah's prayers to God are basically this.
  • Doomed Hometown: Nineveh at the end of the story, as Tobit warns his son and his son's family to leave before its destruction.
  • Excrement Statement: Tobit gets blinded by bird poop that fell into his eyes.
  • Find the Cure!: Tobias goes to find the cure for his father's blindness with the help of his secret angel guardian.
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  • Horny Devils: Asmodeus, the demon that's been killing off Sarah's husbands.
  • Kissing Cousins: Tobias and Sarah are actually related by being in the same family line.
  • The Matchmaker: The Archangel Raphael plays this role in the story, hooking up Tobit's son Tobias with Sarah while defeating the demon that has been plaguing her.
  • Stink Bomb: The burning of the fish guts in Sarah's room becomes this for the demon Asmodeus.
  • Temporary Blindness: Tobit suffers blindness from bird poop in his eyes until his son Tobias brings him the cure in the latter half of the story.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Tobit's wife Anna worked for hire by weaving cloth.
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