First Samuel one introduces us to the beloved, barren wife of Elkanah. Her name was Hannah and she needs no introduction to modern readers of the Bible. Her prayer, faith and her destiny as the mother of the great prophet Samuel, is inspiring at best. But what of Hannah and Elkanah’s relationship? And why do Bible translations all give a different rendering of some very obscure words about love, offerings and worthy portions in 1 Samuel 1 verse 5?
In this Bible bite, Aliyah answers this very question, and the answer takes us deeper in to the humanity of both Elkanah and Hannah, where love wears two faces, both of sorrow and of joy.