Werner Lategan


This publication forms part of the Guides to Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha series and
provides an excellent introduction to the books of Tobit and Judith. Otzen addresses the
problem of relating real history to historical fiction. He examines the genres and purposes
of each, and explores the literary and religious motives of the two stories (interesting to
note is his discussion of the Achikar motif (and wisdom teaching) in Tobit (24-26) and the
theme of sexuality and death in the book of Judith (109-113)). His discussion of textual
problems or textual versions (the Greek texts of the LXX vs. the Hebrew-Aramaic
fragments from Qumran) adds to the value of this publication. Questions regarding
authorship and date are also addressed. Further, the canonical position or status of both
books is also addressed. Throughout this publication the reader is exposed to a variety of
approaches followed in the interpretation of the two books, providing the reader with a feel
for the Wirkung of these texts in different reading communities (scholarly and otherwise).

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