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Hannah’s Wineskin
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The mother of Samuel the prophet and judge. The second of Elkanah’s two wives, and was barren (1 Sam 1:2, 6).Hannah brings her desire for a child to God in persistent prayer with the radical hope that God will grant her desire, a child she promises to return to God (1 Sam 1–2). Hannah is further plagued by the presence of Elkanah’s first wife, Peninnah, a rival who mocks her suffering even in her most vulnerable moments (1 Sam 1:6–7).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hannah
Hannah (חַנָּה‎, channah). The mother of Samuel the prophet and judge. The second of Elkanah’s two wives, and was barren (1 Sam 1:2, 6).Hannah brings her desire for a child to God in persistent prayer with the radical hope that God will grant her desire, a child she promises to return to God (1 Sam 1–2).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hannah (Person)
HANNAH (PERSON) [Heb ḥannâ (חַנָּה)]. The first, and doubtless the favorite, of the two wives of Elkanah (cf. 1 Sam 1:2, 5). Barren for many years, Hannah may have prompted Elkanah to take a second wife (a similar rationale explains the actions of Sarai, Gen 16:2; Rachel, 30:3; Leah, 30:9). To be infertile
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hannah
Hannah. Wife of Elkanah from Ephraim’s tribe and the mother of the prophet Samuel. The childless Hannah prayed annually at Shiloh for a son, whom she vowed to dedicate to the Lord.The Lord answered her prayer, and she called her son Samuel. When he was weaned (probably about age three), she dedicated
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hannah
Hannah hanʹə [Heb. ḥannâ—‘grace, favor’; Gk. Hanna]. One of the two wives of Elkanah, an Ephraimite who lived at Ramathaim-zophim. Hannah visited Shiloh, where the tabernacle was located, yearly with her husband to offer sacrifices. She was greatly distressed because they had no children, so she prayed
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hannah
HANNAH Wife of Elkanah from Ephraim’s tribe and the mother of the prophet Samuel. The childless Hannah prayed annually at Shiloh for a son, whom she vowed to dedicate to the Lord.The Lord answered her prayer, and she called her son Samuel. When he was weaned (probably about age three), she dedicated
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hannah
Hannah (han´uh; Heb., “grace”), the wife of Elkanah and mother of the prophet Samuel (1 Sam. 1:2, 20). Hannah was the first of Elkanah’s two wives and, though she was his favorite, she was childless. Her jealous co-wife Peninnah had borne many children and made her life miserable (1:2–8). On an annual
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hannah
HANNAHOnly one woman of this name appears in the Bible, although “Anna” (the Gr. equivalent) is the name of another woman mentioned in (Lk 2:36). The name means “grace” or “graciousness.”The story of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, is found in 1 Sam 1–2. She was one of the two wives of Elkanah, a Levite
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hannah
HANNAH (Heb. ḥannâ, ‘grace’). The favourite of the two wives of Elkanah, an Ephraimite who lived at Ramathaim-zophim (1 Sa. 1). The other wife, Peninnah, tormented her because she had no family. She vowed that if she bore a son she would devote him to God as a *Nazirite. This she did, and named him
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hannah
Hannah (Heb. ḥannâ)Mother of Samuel (1 Sam. 1:20) and wife of Elkanah the Ephraimite from Ramathaim (v. 1). Hannah, the first of Elkanah’s two wives, was barren. Although Elkanah favored Hannah (he gave her a double portion each year at the Shiloh sacrifice), Peninnah (his second wife and mother of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hannah
Hannah [hănˊə] (Heb. ḥannâ “grace, favor”).† A wife of Elkanah the Ephraimite, and mother of Samuel. For a long time Hannah was childless, for which she was harassed by Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah (1 Sam. 1:6; cf. v. 2). During the family’s annual pilgrimage to the sanctuary at Shiloh she
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Hannah
HANNAH (possibly a shortened version of Hananiah) The mother of Samuel (1 Sam 1:20) and the first and favorite wife of Elkanah the Ephraimite from Ramathaim. While Elkanah’s favorite, Hannah was barren and suffered at the hands of Elkanah’s second wife, Peninnah, who was the mother of Elkanah’s children
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hannah
Han´nah (grace), one of the wives of Elkanah, and mother of Samuel. 1 Sam. 1, 2. (b.c. 1141.) A hymn of thanksgiving for the birth of her son is in the highest order of prophetic poetry; its resemblance to that of the Virgin Mary, comp. 1 Sam. 2:1–10 with Luke 1:46–55, see also Ps. 113, has been noticed.
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