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The text below comes from the first half of Tobit, Chapter 6 (with some omissions). This is my favorite part of the story: when Thobias and Azarias (Raphael) reach the Tigris river, something very exciting happens! As with the history, the geography of the Book of Tobit is a bit confused: since Nineveh was located to the east of the river Tigris, they would not actually have crossed this river on their way to Media - but no matter: they go on a journey, cross a river, and something happens which is crucial to the plot of the story.
Notice also that when they set out on their journey, Tobias and the angel are accompanied by a dog. This tiny detail was a favorite of European artists who often painted scenes of Tobias and the angel on their journey, as in this painting by Filippino Lippi, circa 1480:
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|Et profectus est puer
et angelus cum illo;
et canis exiit cum illo
et secutus est eos.
| Et abierunt ambo,
et comprehendit illos
super flumen Tigrin.
|Tigrin: feminine accusative singular (Greek declensional ending)|
|Et descendit puer
|lavare: infinitive expressing purpose|
piscis de aqua,
exsiliens...volebat : participle plus verb (it leaped out... and wanted to...)
gluttire: complementary infinitive with volebat
|et ait illi angelus:
|Et comprehendit puer
et eduxit illum in terram.
|Et dixit angelus illi:
"Exintera hunc piscem
fel et cor et iecur illius
et repone ea tecum
et interanea proice.
fel et cor et iecur eius
|Et exinterans puer
collegit fel, cor et iecur;
et piscem assavit
|exinterans...collegit : participle plus verb (he gutted... and gathered up...)|
|Et abierunt ambo pariter,
appropinquarent: subjunctive with expression of time (donec)
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