Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Queerying Easter 4C

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Acts reading.

Acts 9:36-43
36Now in Joppa there was a disciple
whose name was Tabitha,
which in Greek is Dorcas.
She was devoted to good works
and acts of charity.
37At that time Tabitha became ill and died.
When they had washed her,
they laid her in a room upstairs.
38Since Lydda was near Joppa,
the disciples, who heard that Peter was there,
sent two people to him with the request,
“Please come to us without delay.”
39So Peter got up and went with them;
and when he arrived,
they took him to the room upstairs.
All the widows stood beside Peter,
weeping and showing tunics and other clothing
that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
40Peter put all of them outside,
and then he knelt down and prayed.
He turned to the body and said,
“Tabitha, get up.”
Then she opened her eyes,
and seeing Peter,
she sat up.
41He gave her his hand and helped her up.
Then calling the saints and widows,
he showed her to be alive.
42This became known throughout Joppa,
and many believed in the Lord.
43Meanwhile Peter stayed in Joppa for some time
with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Queeries for the text:
What is with Acts' multiple names?
Why do all the witnesses always get sent out of the room?
What else happens in upstairs rooms?
How are the widows and disciples connected? Are they the same people?
Were the tunics some of Tabitha's good works and acts of charity?
Is this "certain Simon" code for Peter's "roommate"?
What does a tanner do?

What are your queeries?

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