Garden of Eden, Tabitha and Peter, Temple, Temple veil, clothing, investiture, divestiture
Sandwiched between the account of Saul’s conversion in Acts 9 and Peter’s vision of the Gentiles in Acts 10 is the story of the raising of Tabitha. While staying in the town of Lydda, Peter, the presiding disciple of Christ, is approached by two individuals from the neighboring city of Joppa with the request that he come and attend to the then-deceased Tabitha. When he gets there, he is met by widows weeping and wailing over Tabitha’s departure. We know practically nothing of Tabitha except that she is a believer and a woman “full of good works and almsdeeds” (Acts 9:36). These works are revealed as the mourners present themselves before Peter, showing him the clothes and garments made by Tabitha for them.
Original Publication Citation
Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 4 (2012), 43-70
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Belnap, Dan and Belnap, Daniel, "Clothed with Salvation: The Garden, the Veil, Tabitha, and Christ" (2012). Faculty Publications. 5604.
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
2012 by Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship/Brigham Young University. All rights reserved. This is the author's submitted version of this article.
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