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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Dorcas
Dorcas (Δορκάς, Dorkas; Ταβιθά, Tabitha). Also called Tabitha. A woman from Joppa whose life Peter prayed would be restored (Acts 9:36–40).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Dorcas (Person)
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
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
Tabitha
Tabitha. Aramaic name meaning “gazelle”; the name in Greek is Dorcas (Acts 9:36, 40).See Dorcas.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dorcas
Dorcas dôrʹkəs [Gk. Dorkás, the Greek equivalent of Aram eḇîṯaʾ̄—‘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
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
Tabitha
TABITHA Aramaic name meaning “gazelle”; the name in Greek is Dorcas (Acts 9:36, 40). See Dorcas.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Dorcas
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
Tabitha
Tabitha (tab´i-thuh; Aramaic, “gazelle”), another name for Dorcas, a highly regarded Christian widow in Joppa whom Peter raised from the dead (Acts 9:36–42). See also Dorcas.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Tabitha
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
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
Dorcas
Dorcas (Gk. Dorkás) (also TABITHA) (Aram. ṭĕḇɩ̂ṯāʾ)A common feminine nickname (“gazelle,”“deer”), suggesting a slave; the nickname of a highly regarded Christian woman in Joppa, known for good works and presented as a model disciple (Acts 9:36–43). The feminine form of “disciple” (Gk. mathḗtria)
Tabitha
Tabitha (Gk. Tabithá; Aram. ṭĕḇɩ̂ṯāʾ)Aramaic name of Dorcas (“gazelle”), a Christian at Joppa noted for her good works who was raised from the dead by Peter (Acts 9:36).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dorcas
Dorcas [dôrˊkəs] (Gk. Dorkas; cf. Aram. eḇîṯā˒) “gazelle”; cf. Acts 9:36, 40). A Christian woman living at Joppa, noted and loved for her works of charity, especially for making tunics and other garments for the poor (Acts 9:36, 39). Dorcas died after an illness and was laid in an upper
Tabitha
Tabitha [tăbˊĭ thə] (Gk. Tabithá Aram. eḇîṯā˒ “gazelle”). Aramaic name of Dorcas, a Christian at Joppa noted for her good works who was raised from the dead by Peter (Acts 9:36).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Dorcas
DORCAS The Greek name of Tabitha, a Christian woman of Joppa who was famous for her works of charity (Acts 9:36). She died and was restored to life by Peter (Acts 9:37–41).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Tabitha
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
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