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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Tobit

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 2


2-1

1 Preface (1:1-8)
  2 History of Tobit (1:9-2:10)
    3 Prayer of Tobit and Sarah (2:11-3:15)
      4 Raphael was sent (3:16-17)
        5 Departure of Tobiah (4:1-21_6:1)
      6 Capture of fish (6:2-9)
    7 Recommendation of marriage (6:10-18)
  8 The marriage (7:1-8:3)
9 Prayer of Tobiah and Sarah (8:4-9a)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Preface (1:1-8)
1:4 When I lived as a young man in my own country, Israel, the entire tribe of my forefather Naphtali had broken away from the house of David and from Jerusalem. (1:4)
God of ancestors9 Prayer of Tobiah and Sarah (8:4-9a)
8:5 Blessed are you, O God of our fathers (8:5)
2 History of Tobit (1:9-2:10)
1:9 When I reached manhood, I married Anna, a woman of our own lineage. By her I had a son whom I named Tobiah.(1:9)
Marriage8 The marriage (7:1-8:3)
7:13 he might draw up a marriage contract stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife according to the decree of the Mosaic law (7:13)
3 Prayer of Tobit and Sarah (2:11-3:15)
3:8 For she had been married to seven husbands, but the wicked demon Asmodeus killed them off (3:8)
Death of seven husbands7 Recommendation of marriage (6:10-18)
6:14 this woman has already been married seven times, and that her husbands died in their bridal chambers (6:14)
4 Raphael was sent (3:16-17)
3:17 So Raphael was sent to heal them both: (3:17)
Salvation6 Capture of fish (6:2-9)
Explanation of Raphael about the fish to rescue them

2-2

9 Prayer of Tobiah and Sarah (8:4-9a)
  10 Gratitude of Raguel (8:9b-21)
    11 Return of Tobiah (9:1-10:13)
      12 Instruction of Raphael (11:1-8)
        13 Recovery of Tobit (11:9-18)
      14 Identity of the traveler (12:1-22)
    15 Tobit's thanksgiving to God (13:1-18)
  16 Tobit's final counsel (14:1-13)
17 Conclusion (14:14-15)
Former halfRelationLatter half
9 Prayer of Tobiah and Sarah (8:4-9a)
8:7 Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age. (8:7)
The life of Tobiah17 Conclusion (14:14-15)
14:14 He died at the venerable age of a hundred and seventeen. (14:14)
10 Gratitude of Raguel (8:9b-21)
8:17 Blessed are you, for you were merciful toward two only children. Grant them, Master, mercy and deliverance, and bring their lives to fulfillment with happiness and mercy. (8:17)
Mercy of the LORD16 Tobit's final counsel (14:1-13)
14:5 But God will again have mercy on them and bring them back to the land of Israel. (14:5)
11 Return of Tobiah (9:1-10:13)
10:9 But Tobiah insisted, "No, I beg you to let me go back to my father." (10:9)
Wishes to go back to the father15 Tobit's thanksgiving to God (13:1-18)
13:10 Praise the Lord for his goodness, and bless the King of the ages, so that his tent may be rebuilt in you with joy. May he gladden within you all who were captives; all who were ravaged may he cherish within you for all generations to come. (13:10)
12 Instruction of Raphael (11:1-8)
Instruction of Raphael
Help of Raphael14 Identity of the traveler (12:1-22)
True colors of Raphael

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