PREMISE: Tobit is an observant Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam. He lives correctly, giving alms and burying the dead. In spite of his good works, Tobit is struck blind. Concurrent with Tobit’s story is that of Sarah, daughter of one of Tobit’s distant relative, whose seven successive husbands are each killed by a demon on their wedding night. When Tobit and Sarah pray to God for deliverance, God sends the angel Raphael to act as intercessor. Tobit regains his sight, and Sarah marries Tobit’s son Tobias. The story closes with Tobit’s thanksgiving and an account of his death. This is actually a Jewish short story possibly dating from Persian times in some Bibles is the book of Tobit, named after the father of its hero.
GENRE: Religious drama, Jewish drama, drama.
SETTING: Amsterdam, Neatherlands
MARKET: USA, International
WRITER: Alan Nafzger
OTHER INFORMATION: This is a compete and ready to shot screenplay.
The film would be primarily concerned with the problem of reconciling evil in the world with divine justice. Tobit and Sarah are pious Jews unaccountably afflicted by malevolent forces, but their faith is finally rewarded, and God is vindicated as both just and omnipotent.
Other major themes are the need for Jews living outside Palestine to observe religious law strictly and the promise of the restoration of Israel as a nation.
In the Catholic faith, Tobit is one of the deuterocanonical books which means it is included in the Catholic Bible, but some Christians dispute the book’s validity.
Tobit is a story like one of Jesus’ parables. The characters may be fictional, but the message or moral of the story is true.
Originally posted 2019-08-27 12:56:53.