[b-hebrew] Re: Hannah
06peterson at cua.edu
Sun Nov 9 12:28:10 EST 2003
> I have read that the name Hannah (mother of Samuel) means "prayer."
> BibleWorks says that Hannah = "grace." In a name book, I once read
> that Hannah means "full of grace, mercy, and prayer." That's quite a
> mouthful for a two-syllable name.
I'd go with "grace" or "mercy." There is a related verb (Dt stem) that
means to seek favor, which I suppose is something like prayer, but I
don't see why anyone would make that the meaning of the name. It seems
to relate more directly to the G verb chanan--to show grace or favor.
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