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This chapter contains commentary on Tobit. It sets the historical scene of the events. Like so many Hellenistic Jewish works, this is historical fiction that purports to be a genuine account of events. Since Hebrew society, like the Greek, was patrilineal, it was important to identify the kinship groups to which a person belonged. Hence, Tobit's lineage is given for six generations, and then his tribal affiliation of Naphtali, as well as the information that along with his tribe, he was transported to Assyria in the days of Shalmaneser. The two basic elements of any narrative are introduced, the "who", and "when". The central themes of the work are also introduced, observation of the religion of Israel, and marrying within the clan. Tobit's piety began before his exile. The chapter presents the central events of the book of Tobit, Tobias conquering the demon and winning the bride.

Keywords: Hellenistic Jewish works; Tobit

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