This study analyzes Hannah as a literary entity, illustrating her uniquely significant place in the traditions of Israel—mother of Samuel and thus of the reform of the priesthood, catalyst for the creation of the monarchy, and teacher of all Israel. There are three interweaving themes: first, the literary issue of the barren mother; second, the theological theme of divine guidance and human initiative; and third, the perspectives of early biblical interpretation. The study develops around four works: the Hannah narrative in 1 Samuel 1–2, Pseudo-Philo’s Biblical Antiquities, the Targum of the Prophets, and the Infancy Narrative in Luke 1–2.
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- Preface by the author
- Indexes and bibliographies to guide research
- Notes and cross-references
- Title: Hannah’s Desire, God’s Design: Early Interpretations of the Story of Hannah
- Author: Joan E. Cook
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic
- Publication Date: 1999
- Pages: 130
About Joan E. Cook
Joan E. Cook is professor of Sacred Scripture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.