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Hannah’s Adversity and Peninnah’s Redemption

TitleHannah’s Adversity and Peninnah’s Redemption
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsSpendlove, Loren Blake
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsHannah (Mother of Samuel the Prophet); Peninnah; Samuel (Hebrew Prophet)

Most biblical students are familiar with the story of Hannah, who after years of barrenness, finally gave birth to the prophet Samuel. Some will remember her adversary, Peninnah, who allegedly tormented Hannah to tears. My objective in this article is to reclaim Peninnah’s good name by reinterpreting the passage found in 1 Samuel 1:6.

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Scripture Reference

1 Samuel 1:6