Acts 9 Review

Acts 9:32-43 ~ Mapwork, Miracles, Mathetria & a Riff about “Poor” Widows

This week we expanded on the previous lesson about the miracles in Lydda and Joppa. We utilized a map of first-century Judea to help us have a more clear idea about distances traveled, geography, and topography of the area. We reviewed the Venn Diagram we created (see below) comparing and contrasting the healing of Aeneas and the raising of Tabitha (a.k.a. Dorcas) from the dead.

We discussed the fact that Tabitha is called a “disciple”—and it’s the only time in the New Testament, we have the feminine-singular form of the word (women were included in the masculine plural).

We also critically examined Luke’s record of Peter’s encounter with the mourning widows in Joppa. Where do commentators get the idea that the widows were poor, destitute, and mourning because their patroness had died? Is that accurate? Or is that reading something into the text that’s not there? 

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Acts 9:32-43 ~ Mapwork, Miracles, Mathetria & a Riff about “Poor” Widows

Review and a very important warning about reading into the text something that is neither stated nor implied.

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.


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Venn Diagram of the Aeneas & Tabitha Miracles

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Aeneas and Tabitha Venn Diagram

Acts 9 - Venn Diagram


Map of First Century Palestine with Roman Roads

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Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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