Book of Tobit

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The Book of Tobit is part of the Old Testament in the Bible used by the Roman Catholic Church and Greek Orthodox Church; and part of the Apocrypha in Bibles used by most Protestant denominations. Jewish religious authorities and Protestant Christian churches do not regard Tobit as canonical.

The Book of Tobit is generally believed to have been written during the second century BC, after the last book of the Old Testament, and before the New Testament. Events in Tobit are set in the eighth century BC, and tell the story of an Israelite named Tobit, his son Tobias, a young woman named Sarah, and the archangel Raphael.

The Book of Tobit teaches respect for the dead; the power of God to act through His angels; and the importance of prayer. A reading from Tobit can be incorporated into wedding ceremonies. The Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer allows a reading of these verses from Tobit as part of the marriage service:

"Then began Tobias to say, Blessed art thou, O God of our fathers, and blessed is thy holy and glorious name for ever; let the heavens bless thee, and all thy creatures."
"Thou madest Adam, and gavest him Eve his wife for an helper and stay: of them came mankind: thou hast said, It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself."
"And now, O Lord, I take not this my sister for lush but uprightly: therefore mercifully ordain that we may become aged together."
"And she said with him, Amen."


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