Biblical heroine, mother of the prophet Samuel. Hannah's story is related in the first two chapters of the book of 1 Samuel. Here it is told how Hannah, who was barren, prayed to God to give her a son whom she promised to give to the Lord. Her prayer was answered and when the boy Samuel was 2 years old she brought him to the High Priest, Eli, to serve in the Sanctuary.
The Talmud (Berakhot 31a–b) considers the story of Hannah and her prayer to be the supreme biblical model for how individual prayers are to be offered. The story of Hannah was chosen as the Haftarah for the first day of Rosh Ha-Shanah.
Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.