Dorcas (Greek: Δορκάς, Dorkás; Aramaic: טביתא Ṭabītā) was an early Christian disciple. The only surviving account of her life is in the Acts of the Apostles (9:36–42). She lived in the port city of Joppa, today absorbed by Tel Aviv. Acts describes her as being known for her "good works and acts of mercy," sewing clothes for the poor. When she died, the widows of her community mourned her and sent urgently for Peter (Acts 9:39), who was in nearby Lydda. As evidence of her charity, they showed him some of the clothes she had sewn, and according to the biblical account he raised her from the dead.
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