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Tobias (Τοβίας) is a Greek version of the Hebrew biblical name "Toviyah" (טוביה), meaning "The goodness of God". It is a popular male given name in Germany, Scandinavia, the United States and amongst Jewish people. In English-speaking countries it is often shortened to Toby. Other diminutives are Tobi (English, Germany) and Tobbe (Sweden). Tobias has also been a surname.


Several people are called Tobias in The Bible:

  • Tobias, son of Tobit; "Book of Tobias" is an older name for the Book of Tobit
  • Tobias the elder
  • Tobias, father of Hircanus
  • Tobiah (Ammonite)
  • Tobias, brother-in-law of Onias II, father of the Joseph who succeeded in pacifying Ptolemy III Euergetes.
  • Tobbe, son-in-law of Onias III, son of Onias II
  • Tobiads, a Jewish or Ammonite faction at the beginning of the Maccabean period.

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See also: Toby and Tobey

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Main article: Tobias (surname)