Dorcas was a charitable and pious Christian woman of Joppa, whom Peter restored to life. She was probably a Hellenistic Jewess, her name means gazelle, a favorite among the Jews, the gazelle was called Dorcas by the Greeks, while to the Jews it was called Tabitha. Philip would have used the Greek because he was a Greek speaking Jew. But Peter used Aramaic, Tabitha arise. Dorcas is introduced at once as a Christian.

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

The slender and graceful gazelle often used by Hebrews as an image of female loveliness. Dorcas was a deeply devoted disciple who loved the Lord so much that she sacrificed herself in the interest of others. Dorcas was filled with good works and an example for all of us to follow. The text of Tabitha cumi was only one letter different than that of Jesus' raising of Jarius' daughter - Talitha cumi.
[291, BD, Acts 9]

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