In the book of Tobias there is a passage where the angel Raphael instructs Tobias to burn the gut of a fish to exorcise a devil who tormented Sarah:
Chapter 6: Young Tobias the Son Catches a Fish
1 And Tobias went forward, and the dog followed him, and he lodged the first night by the river of Tigris. 2 And he went out to wash his feet, and behold a monstrous fish came up to devour him. 3 And Tobias being afraid of him, cried out with a loud voice, saying: Sir, he cometh upon me. 4 And the angel said to him: Take him by the gill, and draw him to thee. And when he had done so, he drew him out upon the land, and he began to pant before his feet. 5 Then the angel said to him: Take out the entrails of the fish, and lay up his heart, and his gall, and his liver for thee: for these are necessary for useful medicines. 6 And when he had done so, he roasted the flesh thereof, and they took it with them in the way: the rest they salted as much as might serve them, till they came to Rages the city of the Medes.
Healing Power of the Fish
7 Then Tobias asked the angel, and said to him: I beseech thee, brother Azarias, tell me what remedies are these things good for, which thou hast bid me keep of the fish? 8 And the angel, answering, said to him: If thou put a little piece of its heart upon coals, the smoke thereof driveth away all kind of devils, either from man or from woman, so that they come no more to them. 9 And the gall is good for anointing the eyes, in which there is a white speck, and they shall be cured.
Later Tobias exorcise the devil who tomented Sarah:
1 And after they had supped, they brought in the young man to her. 2 And Tobias remembering the angel’s word, took out of his bag part of the liver, and laid it upon burning coals. 3 Then the angel Raphael took the devil, and bound him in the desert of upper Egypt.
How do Jews interpret this? Can anyone burn the gut of a fish and expell all demons nearby? What kind of fish did they use for this?
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