Tabitha: The Gazelle of Joppa (Acts 9:36-41)

Strelan, Rick
May 2009
Biblical Theology Bulletin;Summer2009, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p77
Academic Journal
The article argues that the name Tabitha (Acts 9:36), which means "gazelle," when read as a metaphor for a proselyte in the Acts narrative, highlights the issue of boundaries in some early Christian communities. It also suggests that Joppa, the town in which Tabitha lived, might be read as a symbol of "mixing," one of the crucial issues in Jewish and Christian self-definition.

Tags: TABITHA: The Gazelle of Joppa (Acts 9:36-41) (Book);  APOCRYPHAL Acts of the Apostles;  JEWISH converts;  METAPHOR;  CHRISTIAN communities


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