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The Meaning of Tobit for the Christian Reader

My earlier study of the Book of Tobit drew attention to the high level of symbolism and allegory that some medieval Latin writers employed in their interpretation of that story, and I contrasted their approach with the sober, more literal and direct sort of exegesis that the Fathers of the Church found sufficient for a full Christian reading of Tobit.1 In the present study I propose to examine Tobit’s moral and ascetical teaching, which, as I suggested earlier, corresponds to the book’s major interest and importance. Because . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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