Recently I read about one of Peter’s first encounters with Jesus when Jesus said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone)” (John 1:42 NKJV). As I thought about this, I recalled some Old Testament figures who also had their names changed: Abram and Sarai (Abraham and Sarah), Jacob, who became Israel, and Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Daniel 1:6-7).
As a Memory Checker, there are several New Testament personalities known by two different names, or by nicknames. I can think of six counting Peter. How about you?
I’ll give you my list in a later post and you can let me know of any I missed.
One such individual will be the focus of the next few posts. Found in the book of Acts, she is known by a Hebrew (or Aramaic) and a Greek name. Hers is a story of faithful service cut short by an untimely death, and the miracle which led to the conversion of many in her home city. Her name? Tabitha—or Dorcas.
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