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Anna
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The prophetess who met the infant Jesus and his parents in the temple when he was first presented there (Luke 2:38). Anna was old, and very devout (Luke 2:36). The statement that she “did not depart from the temple” does not necessarily mean that she resided there. It does indicate that it was an acceptable practice for a widow to spend most of her time in the temple, engaged in “fastings and prayers” (Luke 2:37).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Anna the Prophetess
Anna the Prophetess (Ἅννα, Hanna). The prophetess who met the infant Jesus and his parents in the temple when he was first presented there (Luke 2:38). Anna was old, and very devout (Luke 2:36). The statement that she “did not depart from the temple” does not necessarily mean that she resided there.
Anna, Wife of Tobit
Anna, Wife of Tobit (Ἅννα, Hanna). Married to the title figure of the deuterocanonical book of Tobit. An exemplary wife and mother (Tob 1:9, 20; 2:11; 5:18–20).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Anna (Person)
ANNA (PERSON) [Gk Hanna (Ἁννα); Anna (Ἀννα)]. 1. The wife of Tobit and mother of Tobias. Anna serves three roles in the story of Tobit. First, she is the object of piety for Tobit and Tobias. Tobit marries Anna, who is a member of his paternal clan, and thereby provides a good example for Tobias and
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Anna
Anna. Phanuel’s daughter from Asher’s tribe and a prophetess in Jerusalem when Jesus was a young child. Advanced in years, she worshiped with prayer and fasting day and night in the temple. When Jesus was brought by his parents and presented to the Lord in the temple, she came up, thanking God and speaking
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Anna (prophetess)
2. A “prophetess,” daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, and thus a Galilean, living in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’ birth (Lk. 2:36–38). “Of a great age,” she must have been considerably over a hundred years, having been a widow eighty-four years after a short married life of seven. Exceptionally
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Anna
ANNA Phanuel’s daughter from Asher’s tribe and a prophetess in Jerusalem when Jesus was a young child. Advanced in years, she worshiped with prayer and fasting day and night in the temple. When Jesus was brought by his parents and presented to the Lord in the temple, she came up, thanking God and speaking
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Anna
Anna (an´uh), a Jewish prophet who, together with the prophet Simeon, witnessed the dedication of the infant Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:22–38). Anna was the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. An aged widow, she had remained celibate following the death of her husband; she lived in the temple,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Anna
ANNA. This is the Gr. form of Hannah, meaning “grace.” See Hannah.Anna the aged prophetess who was present at the dedication of the infant Jesus was the daughter of Phanuel, a descendant of Asher (Lk 2:36–38). Her age has been variously reckoned from 84 to 105 years. She had been married for seven years,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Anna
ANNA (Gk. form of Heb. ḥannâ, ‘grace’). An aged widow, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (Lk. 2:36–38). Like Simeon, who also belonged to the remnant which ‘waited for the consolation of Israel’, she had prophetic insight, and was a regular attender at the morning and evening services in the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Anna
Anna (Gk. Hánna)1. The wife of Tobit and mother of Tobias (Tob. 1:9, 20). She exemplifies the good wife and dutiful mother.2. An elderly widow of the tribe of Asher who devoutly served daily at the temple and was there at the presentation of the infant Jesus (Luke 2:36–38). She, like Simeon, recognized
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Anna
ANNA The name of two women in the Bible.1. The wife of Tobit and mother of Tobias (Tob 1:9). When Tobit lost his sight, she went to work to support the family (Tob 2:11).2. A prophetess and member of the tribe of Asher who recognized the infant Jesus as the Messiah (Luke 2:36–38).3. According to apocryphal
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Anna
An´na (grace), a “prophetess” in Jerusalem at the time of our Lord’s presentation in the temple. Luke 2:36. She was of the tribe of Asher.
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