Tobit 5:22


20 For the life that is given to us by the Lord is enough for us." 21 Tobit said to her, "Do not worry; our child will leave in good health and return to us in good health. Your eyes will see him on the day when he returns to you in good health. Say no more! Do not fear for them, my sister. 22 For a good angel will accompany him; his journey will be successful, and he will come back in good health."

2 Maccabees 11:6


4 He took no account whatever of the power of God, but was elated with his ten thousands of infantry, and his thousands of cavalry, and his eighty elephants. 5 Invading Judea, he approached Beth-zur, which was a fortified place about five stadia from Jerusalem, and pressed it hard. 6 When Maccabeus and his men got word that Lysias was besieging the strongholds, they and all the people, with lamentations and tears, prayed the Lord to send a good angel to save Israel. 7 Maccabeus himself was the first to take up arms, and he urged the others to risk their lives with him to aid their kindred. Then they eagerly rushed off together. 8 And there, while they were still near Jerusalem, a horseman appeared at their head, clothed in white and brandishing weapons of gold.

 Notes and References

"... The writers of the Apocrypha bear witness to one remarkable shift in the Jewish world view—the multiplication of angels, demons, and their functions. In the story of Tobit, a demon’s peculiar interest in an individual is the source of a family’s affliction, and exorcism and the supernatural binding of the demon is the solution (Tobit 3:7–8, 17; 8:1–3). Conversely, angels, who are now arranged in a kind of hierarchy (Tobit 12:15), work on behalf of God’s people, bringing the content of their prayers to God’s notice and acting as vehicles of help or revelation according to God’s directives (Tobit 3:16–17; 12:12–15, 18). Angelic guards halt Heliodorus’s advance toward the Temple (2 Maccabees 3:23–28); the heroes of the Maccabean Revolt ask God to send “a good angel” to fight on their behalf (2 Maccabees 11:6; 15:23); heavenly armies play a role in the Hasmonean victories against the Seleucid forces (10:28–20; 11:7–10). This view of a highly populated and interactive unseen realm is reflected in the Gospel narratives and other early Christian literature ..."

DeSilva, David A. "Biblical Theology and the Apocrypha" in Oegema, Gerbern S. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha (pp. 534-549) Oxford University Press, 2021

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