The Book of Tobit

The Book of Tobit

Adaptation by Alan Nafzger


Many Bibles contain the Book of Tobit, precisely what tells the story of Tobit and his relations, who are living as exiles from Israel after the Assyrian conquest. It was venue underneath 8th century BC, very was probably the 1st written down about 200 B.C.  An Aramaic version was discovered below the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially prior to that it was known from Greek and Latin manuscripts. It is included underneath the Bible via the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament.


I have set my adaptation under 1930s Amsterdam. Tobit is a pious Jew and the film culminates with the NAZI invasion. The audience willpower of path know Tobit will die at the ending; they’ve study the bible. Or incredibly, the question will stay determination he die since the Nazi invasion or willpower 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 perhaps you might e-book as well.  Tobit awfully will plus the largest potential box office.

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

Exceptionally, primarily Tobit’s story is that of Sarah, daughter of Tobit’s closest relative. Sarah’s seven successive husbands are each killed by a demon on with your 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 most likely. Eight weddings, seven demonic murders, a good man who has lost his vision, two families whose futures are on the brink, an epic fight in the midst 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 were being Catholic and widespread with the e-book and asking close to them to list using their most excellent five choices for the role. And a whopping 18 of them listed Mel Gibson as from their earliest choice. Two listed Mel Gibson as using their second choice. Janet Dailey at Daily Casting Discipline under Beverly Hills told me, “Mel Gibson is Catholic and certainly a good actor, a select 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 common with it.  They dedication buy tickets or brook Tobit. Even Protestants, I believe, spirit attend the film if it is properly marketed as a faith-based film.


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


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