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Headword: Alkanês
Adler number: alpha,1270
Translated headword: Alkanes, Elkanas, Elkanah
Vetting Status: high
At the beginning of the book of the 4 kingdoms the name Elkanah occurs.[1]
A man[2] of the middle class among the citizens lived in the city of Armathaim in the land of Ephraim and married 2 wives, [H]annah and Phenannah. By the latter he had two children, but he continued to love the other, although she was barren. Alkanes came to the city of Shiloh with his wives to sacrifice -- for there the tabernacle of God was fixed -- and when he distributed meat to the wives and children during the festival, [H]annah, seeing the other children sitting around their mother, burst into tears and prostrated herself and bemoaned herself on account of her barrenness and loneliness. And winning over her husband's encouragements with her grief, she went into the tabernacle, and she begged God to give her offspring and to make her a mother and she vowed to dedicate the first son born to her to the service of God, that his way of life should not be made like that of common men. And as she prayed, Eli the high priest came and commanded her to go away as if she were drunk, but when she said she had drunk only water and she was begging God, grieving for her difficulty getting children, he told her to take heart, declaring that God would give her children. And a child was born to her, whom they called Samuel -- "obtained from God", as one might say.
Greek Original:
Alkanês: hoti en têi archê tês biblou tôn d# basileiôn Helkanas keitai to onoma. anêr tôn en mesôi politôn tês Ephraim klêrouchias Armathaim polin katoikôn gamei b# gunaikas, Annan te kai Phenannan. ek dê tautês kai paides autôi ginontai: tên d' heteran ateknon ousan agapôn dietelei. aphikomenou de meta tôn gunaikôn tou Alkanou eis Sêlô polin thusai: entautha gar hê skênê tou theou epepêgei: kai palin kata tên euôchian nemontos moiras kreôn tais te gunaixi kai tois teknois, hê Anna theasamenê tous tês heteras paidas têi mêtri perikathisamenous eis dakrua te proupese kai tês apaidias hautên ôlophureto kai tês monôseôs. kai tês tandros paramuthias têi lupêi kratêsasa eis tên skênên ôicheto, ton theon hiketeuousa dounai gonên autêi kai poiêsai mêtera, epangellomenê to prôton autêi gennêsomenon kathierôsein epi diakonian tou theou, diaitan ouch homoian tois idiôtais poiêsomenon. euchomenês de êlthen Êlei ho archiereus kai hôs paroinousan ekeleusen apienai. tês de piein hudôr phamenês, lupoumenês d' epi paidôn aporiai ton theon hiketeuein, tharrein parekeleueto, parexein autêi paida ton theon katangellôn. kai ginetai autêi paidion, hon Samouêl ekalesan, theaitêton hôs an tis eipoi.
[1] This point of this addendum, in the margin of mss AM, is to draw attention to the Elkanas form of the name. The main body of the entry has Alkanes, as the headword. (The fourth book of Kingdoms in the Septuagint is better known to western readers as I Samuel.)
[2] What now follows comes from Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 5.342-346. (Continues at sigma 80.)
Keywords: biography; children; ethics; food; geography; historiography; history; medicine; religion; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 May 2000@11:43:43.
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