Tobias and the Angel: Grateful Dead… Stuart France

William-Adolphe Bouguerea


… “If a story is canonical in one tradition and uncanonical in another it immediately raises two questions.”

“What makes it ‘canonical’ for one tradition?”

“And what makes it ‘uncanonical’ for the other?”

“One might have supposed that it would have been more likely to be canonical for the Hebrews, considering its age and subject matter?”

“Many years ago when we first became aware of Apocryphal Bible stories, we got very excited about this tale when we heard about it, especially in view of the fish connection. We immediately procured a copy of said Apocrypha, at no little expense, and looked at this story first, fully expecting to be accosted with highly significant arcane knowledge… and drew a blank.”

“And now?”

“Well now, I strongly suspect that there is highly significant arcane knowledge within it.”

“Which would be?”

“The trouble with arcane knowledge, it’s very difficult to transmit in mundane terms.”

“But one has to, at least, try.”

“Agreed. The first clue to the importance of this story is to realise that it is a Grateful Dead tale. I know, I know, this element of the tale has not yet been given.”

“So, you had better make amends post haste, hadn’t you…”

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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