The Story of Tobit: A Comparative Literary Analysis

Giancarlo Toloni

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Abstract

The story of Tobit builds on various themes derived from myth, legend and folktale. Tobiah’s journey recalls Homer’s Odyssey, the suffering of the righteous brings to mind the legend of Job, and the narrative around a disgraced and then rehabilitated official evokes the story of Aḥiqar. The author of Tobit seeks to exploit his readers’ knowledge of these stories in order to convey his message more effectively: he encourages them to trust in divine providence that intervenes on behalf of the faithful. This volume, based on essays previously published in Italian, collected and translated into English, and some still unedited, written directly in English for this book, charts Tobit’s narrative sources through comparative literary analysis, firmly placing the story in the genre of the didactic and edifying religious novel.
Lingua originaleEnglish
EditoreBrill
Numero di pagine273
Volume204
ISBN (stampa)9789004519442 - EISBN 9789004519459
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2023
Pubblicato esternamente

Serie di pubblicazioni

NomeSUPPLEMENTS TO THE JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF JUDAISM

Keywords

  • Bibbia ebraica, Apocrifi, Pseudepigrafi, studi biblici, filologia biblica, Libro di Tobia, Libro di Giobbe, Omero: Odissea, viaggio di Tobia, Giobbe, sofferenza del giusto, Storia di Aḥiqar, funzionario in disgrazia, Diaspora giudaica, narratologia, racconto popolare, mito, leggenda, romanzo didattico-religioso
  • Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal Books, Pseudepigrapha, Biblical Studies, Biblical Philology, Book of Tobit, Book of Job, Homer’s Odyssey, Tobiah’s journey, Job, suffering of the righteous man, Story of Aḥiqar, disgraced official, Jewish Diaspora, Narratology, Folktale, Myth, Legend, didactic-religious Novel

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