The Book of Tobit in early Christianity: Greek and Latin interpretations from the 2nd to the 5th century CE

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies


 
 
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Title The Book of Tobit in early Christianity: Greek and Latin interpretations from the 2nd to the 5th century CE
 
Creator de Wet, Chris L.
 
Subject Theology; Patristics; Biblical Studies; Early Christian Studies; Religious Studies; Septuagint Studies Apocrypha; Biblical Interpretation; Early Christianity; Patristics; Septuagint; Tobit
Description This article examines the early Christian reception of the apocryphal book Tobit, focusing on Greek and Latin Christian interpretations from the 2nd to the 5th century CE. The study asks: how did early Christians read Tobit and for what purposes? The article provides an overview of how and why Tobit ended up in the Christian Bible, whether canonical or apocryphal. It then examines how the figures of Tobit and his son, Tobias, function as a moral exemplum in early Christianity, especially related to almsgiving and financial management, burials and the care of the dead, marriage and parenthood, prayer, the suffering and endurance of Tobit, and the role of Tobit in the Christian understanding of angels. The article demonstrates that Tobit had a rich and diverse reception in early Christian biblical interpretation, especially in the Latin church of the West.Contribution: This article investigates the historical reception of the apocryphal Book of Tobit in early Christian thought. The focus is especially on the varieties of thought regarding Tobit. The article provides an overview of how and why Tobit ended up in the Christian Bible, whether canonical or apocryphal. It then examines how the figures of Tobit and his son, Tobias, function as moral exempla.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2020-11-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literary Analysis; Historical Inquiry
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hts.v76i4.6138
 
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 76, No 4 (2020); 13 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6138/16616 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6138/16615 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6138/16617 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6138/16614
 
Coverage Mediterranean Late Antiquity Literary occurrence; Citations
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Chris L. de Wet https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0