Tabitha died (Acts 9:37)

“At that time,

Tabitha became ill.

Then she died.

When they had washed her,

They laid her

In a room upstairs.”

ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἀσθενήσασαν αὐτὴν ἀποθανεῖν· λούσαντες δὲ ἔθηκαν ἐν ὑπερῴῳ.

The author of Acts indicated that at that time or in those days (ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις), Tabitha became ill (ἀσθενήσασαν).  Then she died (αὐτὴν ἀποθανεῖν).  When they had washed her (λούσαντες δὲ), they laid her (ἔθηκαν) in a room upstairs (ἐν ὑπερῴῳ).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ὑπερῴῳ, that means the upper story, the upper room, or the upper part of a house.  Apparently, this good woman in Joppa died and was laid out in an upper room or upstairs in a house.  She may have had a big house.  The burial ritual after death might have taken three days.  Have you ever had a funeral wake at home?

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