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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DORCAS (PERSON) [Gk Dorkas (Δορκας)]. A female disciple who was raised from the dead by Peter in Joppa (Acts 9:36–43). She is the only woman called a mathetria, a Greek word meaning “female disciple.” Possibly Luke thought she best exemplified what a female disciple of Jesus should be like, for we are
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Dorcas. Christian woman in Joppa of Judea, noted for her acts of charity (Acts 9:36–41). Dorcas is called a disciple in verse 36, which is the only instance where the feminine form of the word is used in the Greek NT. Her ethnic origins are not known, since Dorcas, her Greek name, was in common use among
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dorcas dôrʹkəs [Gk. Dorkás, the Greek equivalent of Aram ṭeḇîṯaʾ̄—‘gazelle’]. The name of a Christian woman of Joppa. Dorcas is called a disciple (mathḗtria, Acts 9:36, the only NT use of the fem form). She seems to have had some means and to have been a leader in the Christian community. She
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DORCAS Christian woman in Joppa of Judea, noted for her acts of charity (Acts 9:36–41). Dorcas is called a disciple in Acts 9:36, which is the only instance where the feminine form of the word is used in the Greek NT. Her ethnic origins are not known, since Dorcas, her Greek name, was in common use among
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Dorcas (dor´kuhs; Gk., “gazelle”), a Christian woman in Joppa whose Aramaic name was Tabitha (also, “gazelle”). Well known for her works of generosity and charity, she became ill and died. Two men traveled from Joppa to Lydda, where Peter was staying, and they brought Peter back with them, to the room
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
TABITHA. An Aramaic word which Luke, the writer of Acts, rendered “Dorcas” in the Gr. (Acts 9:36). He did this apparently for the benefit of his readers. The name means “gazelle,” a feminine name of endearment among both Jews and Greeks, and thus an appropriate name for the woman whom Peter raised from
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
DORCAS, or Tabitha (‘gazelle’), was renowned for charity in the church at Joppa (Acts 9:36). When she died they sent two members to Lydda for the apostle Peter. He came immediately, and following Jesus’ example, excluded the mourners. Then he knelt and prayed, and fulfilled his divine commission (Mt.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Tab´itha (gazelle), also called Dorcas by St. Luke, a female disciple of Joppa, “full of good works,” among which that of making clothes for the poor is specifically mentioned. While st. Peter was at the neighboring town of Lydda, Tabitha died; upon which the disciples at Joppa sent an urgent message