noun \ˈtō-bət\

Definition of TOBIT

:  the elderly father of Tobias
:  a book of Scripture included in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament and in the Protestant Apocrypha — see bible table

Origin of TOBIT

Greek Tōbit
First Known Use: 1587

Rhymes with TOBIT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Main character in the Bible's apocryphal book of Tobit. Tobit, a pious Jew living in exile in Nineveh, gives alms and buries the dead in accordance with Hebrew law but is struck blind in spite of his good works. Sarah, daughter of a close relative, has had seven husbands, each of whom was killed by a demon on their wedding night. The two pray for deliverance, and the angel Raphael intercedes for them. Tobit regains his sight, and Sarah marries Tobit's son Tobias. The book is an effort to reconcile the evil in the world with God's justice. See also Apocrypha.


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