December 5, 2022

The Book of Tobit


Adaptation by Alan Nafzger


Many Bibles contain the Booklet of Tobit, specifically what tells the story of Tobit and his relations, who are living as exiles from Israel after the Assyrian conquest. It was location under 8th century BC, extremely was probably first written down about 200 B.C.  An Aramaic version was discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls, but prior to that it was known from Greek and Latin manuscripts. It is included in the Bible via the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament.


I have surroundings my adaptation in 1930s Amsterdam. Tobit is a pious Jew and the film culminates with the NAZI invasion. The audience motivation of way know Tobit willpower die at the wrapping up; they’ve comprehend the bible. Very, the wonder motivation continue will he die before the Nazi invasion or resolve he be carted off to Auschwitz.

It is a Jewish literary. If the producers don’t want to title the film Tobit, then Eight Jewish Weddings and a Funeral as you may essay as well.  Tobit exceedingly motivation advantage the largest most likely box office.

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

Or a very, primarily Tobit’s booklet 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 higher probable. Eight weddings, seven demonic murders, a good man who has lost his vision, two families whose futures are on the brink, an epic fight part of an angel and a demon. AND ALL OF THIS, on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands.



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 used to be Catholic and familiar with the story and asking close to them to list from their top five choices for the role. And a whopping 18 of available listed Mel Gibson as having their primary choice. Two listed Mel Gibson as with your second choice. Janet Dailey at Daily Casting New advancement beneath 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 work and are typical with it.  They will buy tickets or canal Tobit. Even Protestants, I believe, determination attend the film if it is properly marketed as a faith-based film.


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


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