© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005 Journal for the Study of Judaism, XXXVI, 2 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Karel Van der Toorn, Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel (Leiden: Brill 1996), 1. 2 For an up-to-date evaluation of recent scholarship on the Roman family cf. Beryl Rawson, “‘The Roman Family’ in Recent Research: State of the Question,” BI 11 (2003) 119-138. On the Greek family: Sarah B. Pomeroy, Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece: Representations and Realities (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997). 3 Esp. Halvor Moxnes, ed., Constructing Early Christian Families (London: Routledge, 1997); Carolyn Osiek and David L. Balch, eds., Families in the New Testament World: Households and House Churches (Louisville, KY.: Westminster John Knox, 1997); David L. TOBIT’S RELIGIOUS UNIVERSE BETWEEN KINSHIP LOYALTY AND THE LAW OF MOSES GABRIELE FAßBECK University of Alabama Summary The book of Tobit is among those Hellenistic period writings that con- vey a strong ideal of Jewish family life and family-centered religious prac- tice. Tobit highly values family loyalty as a guideline for religious behavior, but establishes the Mosaic Law as the ultimate authority overruling require- ments of family allegiance. In a world surrounded and threatened by Gentiles,
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