Tobit 12:20


18 As for me, when I was with you, I was not acting on my own will, but by the will of God. Bless him each and every day; sing his praises. 19 Although you were watching me, I really did not eat or drink anything—but what you saw was a vision. 20 So now get up from the ground, and acknowledge God. See, I am ascending to him who sent me. Write down all these things that have happened to you." And he ascended. 21 Then they stood up, and could see him no more.

Revelation 1:11

New Testament

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day when I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches—to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” 12 I turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, and when I did so, I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet, and he wore a wide golden belt around his chest.

 Notes and References

"... The motif of a commission to write a book accompanying revelatory discourse by a supernatural being in Tobit 12:20 parallels Revelation 1:11, 19 (1:19 is a commission of the risen Jesus Christ). Revelation 19:10 and 22:8-9 indicate that John of Patmos was aware of the tradition found in Tobit 12:16-18 and other texts such as the Ascension of Isaiah, in which a human attempts to worship an angel but the angel rebuffs obeisance toward anyone but God. The seven angels, the commission to write down, and the angelic refusal of obeisance are parallels between Tobit and Revelation that are common in Jewish and Christian literature. Such parallels support the view that John of Patmos likely knew of and approved of the traditional Jewish piety in the Book of Tobit. ..."

Skemp, Vincent "Avenues of Intertextuality between Tobit and the New Testament" in Corley, Jeremy (ed.) Intertextual Studies in Ben Sira and Tobit: Essays in Honor of Alexander A. Di Lella (pp. 43-70) Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2005

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