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Hannah's prayer and its answer : an exposition for Bible study
Wallace, Ronald S.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. ; Edinburgh, U.K. : Rutherford House, [2002]

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xiv, 113 pages ; 21 cm


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BS1325.6.P68 W35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Old Testament story of Hannah stands as a powerful example of the importance and efficacy of prayer. In these pages master Bible teacher Ronald Wallace transforms Hannah's story and the entire narrative of 1 Samuel 1-7 into a satisfying, illuminating Bible study for individuals and groups.

The fruit of Wallace's lifelong exploration of the biblical texts, this book reflects his sensitivity to both the ancient context and the contemporary relevance of the Hannah narrative. Wallace's skillful handling of this story not only spells out the meaning and implications of the various events but also reveals significant counterparts in the New Testament. Central to the story of Hannah, however, is the role of humble, persistent prayer in the life of faith. By moving carefully with Wallace through the first seven chapters of 1 Samuel, readers will find encouragement for their personal prayer life and, further, will realize anew the importance of praying more broadly for the people of God and for all of society.

Filled with scholarly insight yet easily accessible to readers at every level, "Hannah's Prayer and Its Answer provides a wonderful guide to this beloved -- and spiritually rich -- portion of Scripture.

Author Notes

Ronald S. Wallace is retired from teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
1. The Making of a Prayer - 1 Samuel 1:1-11p. 1
The Narrativep. 1
The Timesp. 2
Hannah Learns to Prayp. 3
The Enlargement of Her Vision and Concernp. 5
One Day, in One Petition!p. 9
"Pray Without Ceasing"p. 12
Additional Note on the Sanctuary at Shilohp. 15
2. The Answer, the Sacrifice, and the Song - 1 Samuel 1:12-2:11p. 17
The Narrativep. 17
The World of Peace and Powerp. 18
The Miraclep. 21
The Sacrificep. 23
The Songp. 27
A Turning Point in Historyp. 31
Prophetic Warning and Comfortp. 33
3. Eli and His Sons - 1 Samuel 2:12-3:1ap. 37
The Narrativep. 37
"The Lord Kills and Brings to Life"p. 38
The Sins of the Young Menp. 40
A Double-Minded Manp. 43
"Those Who Honor Me I Will Honor"p. 46
A Vexing Questionp. 48
Additional Note on the Priests' Portion of the Sacrificesp. 50
4. The Call of Samuel - 1 Samuel 3:1-21p. 51
The Narrativep. 51
"The Word of the Lord Was Rare"p. 52
Empty Religion in a Silent Templep. 54
The Beginning of a Friendshipp. 57
Samuel's Early Ministryp. 60
5. Aphek and Its Aftermath - 1 Samuel 4:1-22p. 65
The Narrativep. 65
Israel Disturbed and Testedp. 65
Evasionp. 68
Folly upon Follyp. 70
The News Comes Home--Elip. 72
The News Comes Home--Phinehas' Wifep. 74
New Testament Hopep. 78
6. The Ark among the Philistines - 1 Samuel 5:1-6:15p. 81
The Narrativep. 81
The Crisis and the Shamep. 82
The Humiliation and Patience of Godp. 83
Sovereignty in Crisisp. 84
Glory in and through Shamep. 87
Exodus--with Superstitionp. 89
The Two Milch Cowsp. 92
The Ark in the Harvest Fieldp. 93
7. The Days of Samuel - 1 Samuel 6:19-7:17p. 97
The Narrativep. 97
Samuel's Task and Achievementp. 98
"A Movement throughout Israel"p. 99
Repentance!p. 102
Mizpahp. 105
Ebenezerp. 107
A Final Tribute to Samuelp. 110