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Commentary on Tobit

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2.1–14 : Tobit's misfortunes.

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The Jewish feast of Pentecost (Gk. “fifty [days]”) was observed seven weeks after Passover (Lev. 23.15–21 ) at the time of the grain harvest.

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Tobit bathed himself because contact with a corpse made him ritually unclean and unfit for public worship (Num. 19.11–13 ).

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Elymais is Elam, a region north of the Tigris on the Persian Gulf.

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Dystrus: the fifth month of the Macedonian (and Hellenistic) calendar (about February).

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Tobit's wife expresses the view that Tobit suffered either because he was punished for secret sins or because virtue did not pay. See Job 2.9 .

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