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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Tabitha

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Aramaic, corresponding to Hebrew tsebiah , "a female gazelle," Dorcas (Acts 9:36), the emblem of beauty. The Christian woman at Joppa, "full of good works and alms deeds" (as making coats and garments for poor widows, compare Job 31:19-20), who was raised from the dead by Peter's prayer and words under the Spirit, "Tabitha, arise." Many in consequence believed in the Lord. Peter's miraculous cure of Aeneas at Lydda was what led Tabitha's believing friends to send so far, that he should come to them, with the hope of God's power working by him even on the dead. After Christ's example in the case of Jairus' daughter, "Peter put them all forth," and prayed (compare John 11:41-42), and then when he felt he had obtained his request spoke the word of power, and gave her his hand to lift her up (Matthew 9:25; Mark 5:40-41).

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Tabitha'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/t/tabitha.html. 1949.

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