Keywords

Garden of Eden, Tabitha and Peter, Temple, Temple veil, clothing, investiture, divestiture

Abstract

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

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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