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This front matter section of the book Tobit contains the table of contents, preface, abbreviations, list of major manuscripts, map of the Assyrian empire in the 8th century BCE, and an introduction of the book. The book of Tobit is one of the Apocrypha, a collection of books that by the 2nd century CE were rejected from their canon by the Jews. However, they were accepted by some of the Christian church fathers who termed them "deuterocanonical books". The book of Tobit was most likely composed in the Hellenistic period in the 3rd or 2nd century BCE. Tobit has many affinities with other works of the section of the Hebrew bible called Writings, and to other Old Testament apocrypha, particularly such works as and Judith, and the additions to Daniel.

Keywords: Assyrian empire; Christian church fathers; Hebrew bible; Hellenistic period; Jews; Old Testament apocrypha; Tobit

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