PART ONE ON THE BOOK OF TOBIT
The Book of Tobit, a purely fictional piece of Old Testament literature, was declared unworthy of the canon of sacred books of Judaism by the rabbis of Jamnia about 100 A.D., and so removed from the canon, along with six other books and parts of two others, as the rabbis abandoned the Greek language canon familiar to Jesus known as the Septuagint in favor of the Hebrew language Masoretic text of the canon. The Protestant reformers followed suit in the 16th century, by removing the same books, including Tobit, from their versions of the Old Testament, thus adopting a canon which Jesus would have regarded as different than the one He knew.
Therefore, only the Catholic Old Testament sets forth the same collection of Scriptures which had been familiar to Jesus.
Catholics should be proud that our Bible includes Tobit, for it is one of the most amazing books in the Bible. I was gratified to receive e-mails from two members of this site about Tobit. I think that perhaps the Spirit was whispering in their ears…
The entire Book of Tobit speaks at two levels, the plaintext level familiar to all who study the book, and the sensus plenior level constructed largely out of what are call “word pictures” built out of common Bible “types.”
I’ll focus in on Tobit 6 to illustrate just how amazing the book is.