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Dorcas was a disciple of Joppa found in the Book of Acts 9:36–42 of the Bible. She was a dressmaker, who made clothes for the poor in her village. Acts recounts that when she died, the people of the village called upon Saint Peter who came to where she was being waked and raised her from the dead.

"Dorcas" is a female name of Greek origins, (the Aramaic translation is "Tabitha"), meaning "gazelle". There is a type of gazelle today called the dorcas gazelle. She is commemorated with Lydia of Thyatira and Phoebe on January 27 in the Calendar of Saints of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and on October 25 in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.



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From Ancient Greek δορκάς (dorkas), gazelle), translation of Tabitha in the Bible.

Proper noun




  1. (Biblical) A woman restored to life by Peter.
  2. A female given name of biblical origin.



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Dorcas or Tabitha (both names mean "gazelle" - her name was Zibiah in Hebrew) is introduced to us in Acts 9:36ff. She was a disciple or mathetria from Joppa, a seacoast town of Israel, now Jaffa on the Mediterranean Coast of Palestine, and home of one of the early Christian communities.

According to Acts 9:36 she was full of good works and almsdeeds, or compassionateness. Dorcas did not come from a wealthy background, she made her living as a seamstress. Her faith was strong and she wished to live her life by the rule "Love one another" so she sewed clothes for widows and orphans in her community as well as tending to the sick. She was loved for her acts of charity. When she became ill and died, her community was distraught and the Apostle Peter was sent for. He brought her back to life. This was Peter's first resurrection. His words to her, "Tabitha, kumi," (Tabitha, arise), are nearly identical to the words of Jesus in Mk 5:41 when he brought the daughter of Jairus back to life, "Talitha, kumi," (little girl, arise). Jesus took Jairus daughter by the hand before he spoke to her, showing no fear of becoming ceremonially defiled, and Peter did the same thing for Dorcas as she awoke.

Word of this miracle spread quickly and Peter stayed in Joppa for several days after performing this miracle. He took the opportunity to stablize this whole community of new converts. Often faith found through miracles alone was not enough to hold a spiritual community together.


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