The Book of Tobit
Dear Brother Ron

Is there any verse in Old or New Testament that directly or indirectly supports the book of Tobit?


Dear Lyrical

According to Wikipedia, the Book of Tobit (Tobias), which is part of the Apocrypha, is a book of scripture that is part of the Catholic and Orthodox biblical canon, pronounced canonical by the Council of Carthage of 397 and confirmed for Roman Catholics by the Council of Trent (1546). It is listed in Article VI of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. Most Bible scholars regard it more as a religious novel with certain historical elements since many of the historical details in the book contradict what is known about the history of the period from non-Biblical sources.

You asked if there was any verse in the Bible supporting this work. In Mark 12:18-26, we find the Sadducees challenging Jesus with a question about a woman who had seven husbands.

Mark 12:18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Mark 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Mark 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. Mark 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. Mark 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. Mark 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

The riddle posed by the Sadducees bears many elements similar to the story of Sara found in the third chapter of the Book of Tobit, verses 7-17. You can read the story, as well as the rest of the work at

Note that Sara's childlessness is allusive to that of her namesake Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Also note that, in the book of Tobit, Sara has seven husbands, each of whom is killed by Asmodeus without producing children. Since the Book of Tobit predates Jesus, it is very likely that the Sadducees used these verses as the basis for their riddle.

Hope this helps.

Best always
Brother Ron


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