1 So ended Tobit's words of praise. 2 Tobit died in peace when he was one hundred twelve years old, and was buried with great honor in Nineveh. He was sixty-two years old when he lost his eyesight, and after regaining it he lived in prosperity, giving alms and continually blessing God and acknowledging God's majesty. 3 When he was about to die, he called his son Tobias and the seven sons of Tobias and gave this command: "My son, take your children
1 Now there was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort. 2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was all his household; he did many acts of charity for the people and prayed to God regularly. 3 About three o’clock one afternoon he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God who came in and said to him, “Cornelius.” 4 Staring at him and becoming greatly afraid, Cornelius replied, “What is it, Lord?” The angel said to him, “Your prayers and your acts of charity have gone up as a memorial before God.
Notes and References
"... Cornelius is a Roman centurion and is thus a Gentile. Luke’s portrayal of him however, is positive, introducing him as a devout man who fears God ... He prays constantly and is engaged in almsgiving to the Jewish people. Such commendable behavior earns Cornelius the description of “righteous” and “God-fearing” ... The Book of Tobit describes the main character in comparable terms (Tob 1:1,12). In addition to the virtues of righteousness and charity that define the persona of Tobit, his remembrance of God in exile and his exhortation to remember God and to fear the Lord (4:21) portrays him as God-fearing. God also responds to Tobit’s prayer as a sign of divine pleasure (3:16). Clearly, the fear of God circumscribes the character of both Tobit and Cornelius (Tob 14:2; 4:21; Acts 10:2) ..."
Macatangay, Francis M. "The Book of Tobit in the Story of Cornelius in Acts 10" in Corley, Jeremy, and Geoffrey David Miller, editors. Intertextual Explorations in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (pp. 230-231) de Gruyter, 2019
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