Who is Hannah in the Bible?
Hannah appears in 1 Samuel 1-2 and her story is an example of serving God while enduring difficult circumstances. Hannah lived in Israel with her husband Elkanah and his second wife, Peninnah. While Peninnah had several children, Hannah struggled with infertility and had no children. During this time, a woman’s worth and value were tied to her ability to have children. As a result, Peninnah taunted Hannah relentlessly.
On one trip to the Tabernacle, Hannah cried out to God to relieve her of her plight and allow her to have children. She promised that if God would give her a son, she would dedicate her child back to God for His service. God heard her cry, and she soon gave birth to her first son, Samuel. Her faithfulness throughout her trial resulted in great joy, and Samuel went on to become one of the greatest leaders and prophets of ancient Israel.