These influential women of the Bible impacted not only the nation of Israel but also eternal history. Some were saints; some were scoundrels. A few were queens, but most were commoners. All played a key role in the spectacular Bible story. Each woman brought her unique character to bear on her situation, and for this, we still remember her centuries later.

Hannah: Mother of Samuel

Hannah - Mother of Samuel
Hannah Taking Samuel to Eli. Culture Club / Contributor / Getty Images

Hannah was an example of perseverance in prayer. Barren for many years, prayed unceasingly for a child until God granted her request. She gave birth to a son and named him Samuel.

What’s more, she honoured her promise by giving him back to God. Samuel eventually became the last of Israel’s judges, a prophet, and counsellor to kings Saul and David. We learn from Hannah that when your greatest desire is to give glory to God, he will grant that request.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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