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Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was Hannah?
The definition and outline of Hannah is as follows: A prophet and
the wife of Elkanah. Mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old
Hannah Bible Story
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one of the wives of Elkanah the Levite, and the mother of Samuel
(1Sam. 1; 2). Her home was at Ramathaim-zophim, whence she was wont
every year to go to Shiloh, where the tabernacle had been pitched by
Joshua, to attend the offering of sacrifices there according to the
law (Exodus 23:15; 34:18; Deuteronomy 16:16), probably at the feast
of the Passover (Compare Exodus 13:10). On occasion of one of these
"yearly" visits, being grieved by reason of Peninnah's conduct
toward her, she went forth alone, and kneeling before the Lord at
the sanctuary she prayed inaudibly.
the high priest, who sat at the entrance to the holy place, observed
her, and misunderstanding her character he harshly condemned her
conduct (1 Samuel 1:14-16). After hearing her explanation he
retracted his injurious charge and said to her, "Go in peace: and
the God of Israel grant thee thy petition." Perhaps the story of the
wife of Manoah was not unknown to her. Thereafter Elkanah and his
family retired to their quiet home, and there, before another
Passover, Hannah gave birth to a son, whom, in grateful memory of
the Lord's goodness, she called Samuel, i.e., "heard of God." After
the child was weaned (probably in his third year) she brought him to
Shiloh into the house of the Lord, and said to Eli the aged priest,
"Oh my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto
the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my
petition which I asked of him: therefore I also have granted him to
the Lord; as long as he liveth he is granted to the Lord" (1 Samuel
gladness of heart then found vent in that remarkable prophetic
(Solomon 2:1-10; Compare Luke 1:46-55) which contains the first
designation of the Messiah under that name (1 Samuel 2:10, "Annointed"
= "Messiah"). And so Samuel and his parents parted. He was left at
Shiloh to minister "before the Lord." And each year, when they came
up to Shiloh, Hannah brought to her absent child "a little coat"
(Heb. meil, a term used to denote the "robe" of the ephod worn by
the high priest, Exodus 28:31), a priestly robe, a long upper tunic
(1 Chronicles 15:27), in which to minister in the tabernacle (1
Samuel 2:19; 15:27; Job 2:12). "And the child Samuel grew before the
Lord." After Samuel, Hannah had three sons and two daughters.
We have selected Hannah as one of the most important women from the Bible and provided a biography and character outline
of this famous woman.
Much of the information is taken from
the classic reference books including
Matthew George Easton "Easton's Bible Dictionary" and Ashley S Johnson "Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia".
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