The Book of Tobit

The Book of Tobit

Adaptation by Alan Nafzger


Many Bibles contain the Textbook of Tobit, just the thing tells the booklet of Tobit and his family, who are living as exiles from Israel after the Assyrian conquest. It was locale below 8th century BC, awfully was probably initial written down about 200 B.C.  An Aramaic version was discovered within the Dead Sea Scrolls, and really prior to that it was known from Greek and Latin manuscripts. It is included underneath the Bible via the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament.


I have location my adaptation below 1930s Amsterdam. Tobit is a pious Jew and the film culminates with the NAZI invasion. The audience spirit of itinerary know Tobit dedication die at the finale; they’ve interpret the bible. Incredibly, the wonder motivation stay determination he die past the Nazi invasion or determination he wait carted off to Auschwitz.

It is a Jewish story. If the producers don’t want to title the film Tobit, then Eight Jewish Weddings and a Funeral you would possibly essay as well.  Tobit but resolve gain the largest most likely box office.

Through a series of events, Tobit goes blind and sends his teenager on a move accompanied by the angel Raphael disguised as a human.

Extremely, primarily Tobit’s story is that of Sarah, daughter of Tobit’s closest relative. Sarah’s seven successive husbands are each killed by a demon on along with their wedding night. The marriages are not consummated. When Tobit and Sarah pray to God for deliverance, God sends the angel Raphael to act as intercessor. God sends Raphael to heal Tobit’s blindness and also to deal with Sarah’s demon.

Dramatically, there isn’t much greater likely. Eight weddings, seven demonic murders, a good man who has lost his vision, two families whose futures are on the brink, an epic fight amid an angel and a demon. AND ALL OF THIS, on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands.


Book of Tobit Movie

Sarah – the bride

Tobias – the groom

Tobit – the father of the groom

Anna – the mother of the groom

Raguel – the father of the bride

Edan – the mother of the bride

Gabael – the banker

Raphael – Angel

Asmodius – Demon

Ahikar – Government official.



I recently did a survey of 102 Los Angeles casting directors and found 22 who were Catholic and typical with the book and asking them to list with your superlative five choices for the role. And a whopping 18 of nearby listed Mel Gibson as with your opening choice. Two listed Mel Gibson as using their second choice. Janet Dailey at Daily Casting Science within Beverly Hills told me, “Mel Gibson is Catholic and certainly a good actor, or a very he’s an exceptional director and an extraordinary producer. When you hire Mel Gibson, this movie is a lock.”


Worldwide there are about 900 million Catholics (including Mel Gibson) and 280 million Orthodox Christians who’ve grown up with the Old Testament literary and are widespread with it.  They willpower buy tickets or flood Tobit. Even Protestants, I believe, dedication attend the film if it is properly marketed as a faith-based film.


According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “The Book of Tobit, named after its principal symbol, combines Jewish piety and morality with folklore underneath a fascinating story that has enjoyed wide popularity beneath both Jewish and Christian circles. Prayers, psalms, and words of wisdom, as well as the skillfully constructed booklet itself, provide valuable insights into the faith and the religious milieu of its unknown playwright. The booklet was probably written early within the second century B.C.; it is not known through which.”


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