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Hannah: (a) (10th century BCE) A prophetess, wife of Elkanah. After years of childlessness she prayed for a son, vowing to devote him to G-d’s service. She subsequently gave birth to Samuel in 931 BCE. She is famous for the song of praise she composed after this event. (b) A common Jewish name.
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