How she waited and prayed patiently for a child and was rewarded.
Hannah's narrative concludes with a comment on her annual visit with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. At that time, her motherhood is emphasized: it is not "Hannah" but "his [Samuel's] mother" who makes a "little robe" and brings it to him at Shiloh (2:20). Elkanah and Hannah receive the blessings of Eli the priest, who prophesies that she will have other children because of her vow to God. Indeed, Hannah's story concludes with fulfillment of God's blessing in the form of three additional sons and two daughters.
Hannah's image is secure indeed: she is recognized as mother of Samuel--who becomes a prophet, judge, and king-maker--and as a good woman. She proves herself independent and resourceful, never abandoning her goals or demeaning others as a means to achieve them; she demonstrates women's activity in family ritual practices; she discloses social responsibility by making a vow that is upheld by her husband; and she links the realms of private and public religious life by vowing dedication of her son and by bringing her own sacrifice to God in fulfillment of that vow.
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