The story of Tobias is told in the Book of Tobit in the Old Testament.
The book of Tobit is part of the Catholic Old Testament but is considered apocryphal by Protestants and does not form part of the Jewish canon.
It is an ancient writing and Aramaic and Hebrew fragments of the tale where found in Cave IV in Qumran in 1955.
Tobias was the only child of a blind, holy man, named Tobit, and his wife, Anna.
Tobit sent his young son Tobias on an errand to a distant land to collect monies that were owed to him.
As he started on his journey Tobias was met by the angel, Raphael, disguised as a man named, Azarias.
Tobias and the angel started on their way accompanied by Tobias’ dog…
They stopped the first night by the River Tigris and as Tobias went to wash his feet a monstrous fish came up and tried to devour him.
Tobias wrestled with the fish and managed to haul it out onto the dry land.
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