Hannah Bible Character Study Notes

Character Study Key Verse

Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 1 Cor 10:6

Character’s Name: Hannah

His Ancestry and Family Life: Her husband Elkanah had two wives.

When and Where She Lived: Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim

Her Occupation: Mother and Wife

Place in History: Mother of Samuel, the prophet of God

Special traits:

Her husband loved her even though she had no children.

She was barren


1:7 Wept and would not eat because of difficult circumstances

1:10 Bitter

1:16 Anxious

1:16 Vexed; provoked

2 In her prayer she had a gloating attitude toward the other wife

Jealous of Pennineh’s fertility

Did not make her husband feel as if his love was special to her


1:6 Faithful- went yearly to the house of the Lord

1:10 Woman of prayer

1:18 Faith – after Eli told her God would answer she ate and had a cheerful countenance

1:19 Worshiped God

1:21-24 Devoted mother

1:24 Kept her vow to God

1:18 Humble “your servant”

2:1 Even though she was leaving her son at the temple, her heart rejoiced in God.

1:24 Grateful to Lord (3 year old bull plus other stuff)

2:19 Industrious

Important Acts and Events:

1:11 Prayed and made vow to God

1:27 God answered her prayer and gave her a son

God blessed her with more children- 3 sons/2 daughters

Lessons from Her Life:

1:20 In due time- when it’s God’s timing for something to happen, it happens. Usually His timing is slower than ours as He teaches us to depend on Him while we wait.

Chapter 1 Hannah made a vow to God. The Bible teaches that vows must be made very carefully. It was common in the OT for people to make vows, but they vows must be kept. Ps. 76:11, Eccl. 5:4, Mt. 23:18; Prov. 20:25 But we are not to make rash vows without thinking them through. Unless we are certain we can keep a promise we make to God, we should never vow. Hannah made a vow, but then she kept the vow faithfully.

End Chapter 1- She is not just sending her child away to boarding school. She is actually lending him to the Lord. She is entrusting her son to God to be taught for His use and His glory. This is not to be confused with sending a child away for a better education.

2:18-19 Even though she was apart from her son most of the time, she still exerted a godly influence on him when she was with him, still showed her care for him.

No matter how deep the trouble in our lives, we can always cry out to God for His help. He does hear His children and He will answer according to His will and in His timing.

It is easy for us to be jealous of what someone else has but not appreciate what WE have ourselves. Pennineh had children, but she probably tormented Hannah because Elkanah loved her. Ha