Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:
TOBIT: PROPHET OF THE LORD
Recently I had the delight of discovering some uplifting notes of beloved former dean of this Academy, Fr. Jack Sparks of blessed memory, about Tobit of the Old Testament.
He reminds us of why the Book of Tobit is so loved by Orthodoxy. Sadly the Roman Catholic Church labeled it deuterocanonical (or "second canon"), while many Protestants labeled it "apocryphal" – implying it didn't even belong in the Bible. What a loss!
TOBIT AS A BOOK OF WISDOM
The Book of Tobit is an historical book as it references the deportation to Nineveh in 721 B.C. Yet more, it is a valuable book of wisdom, inspired by the pre-incarnate Word of God. Within its pages, we find many passages speaking to the wisdom of living a life of moral conduct with an enlightened spirit (Tobit 4:3-19, 21; 12:6-10; 14:7, 9).
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