Elkana

Synonyms:
Elkanah, el-ka-NAH, אֶלְקָנָה
Elkanah (Wikipedia)
Illuminated manuscript depicting Elkanah and his two wives, c.1430

Elkanah (Hebrew: אֱלְקָנָה’Elqānāh "El has purchased") was, according to the Books of Samuel, the husband of Hannah, and the father of her children including her first, Samuel. Elkanah practiced polygamy; his other wife, less favoured but bearing more children, was named Peninnah. The names of Elkanah's other children apart from Samuel are not given. Elkanah plays only a minor role in the narrative, and is mostly a supporting character to Eli, Hannah, and Samuel.

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