Elkanah [N] [H]


  • The second son of Korah ( Exodus 6:24 ), or, according to 1 Chronicles 6:22 1 Chronicles 6:23 , more correctly his grandson.

  • Another Levite of the line of Heman the singer, although he does not seem to have performed any of the usual Levitical offices. He was father of Samuel the prophet ( 1 Chronicles 6:27 1 Chronicles 6:34 ). He was "an Ephrathite" ( 1 Samuel 1:1 1 Samuel 1:4 1 Samuel 1:8 ), but lived at Ramah, a man of wealth and high position. He had two wives, Hannah, who was the mother of Samuel, and Peninnah.

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    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Elkanah". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Elkanah [N] [E]

    God the zealous; the zeal of God
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    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Elkanah'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Elkanah, or Elkonah

    (God-provided ).

    1. Son, or rather grandson, see ( 1 Chronicles 6:22 1 Chronicles 6:23 ) ( 1Chr 6:7,8 ) of Korah, according to ( Exodus 6:24 )
    2. A descendant of the above in the line of Ahimoth, otherwise Mahath, (1Chr 6;26,35; Hebr 11:20
    3. Another Kohathite Levite, father of Samuel the illustrious judge and prophet. ( 1 Chronicles 6:27 1 Chronicles 6:34 ) (B.C. about 1190.) All that is known of him is contained in the above notices and in ( 1 Samuel 1:1 1 Samuel 1:4 1 Samuel 1:8 1 Samuel 1:19 1 Samuel 1:21 1 Samuel 1:23 ) and 1Sam 2:11,20
    4. A Levite. ( 1 Chronicles 9:16 )
    5. A Korhite who joined David while he was at Ziklag. ( 1 Chronicles 12:6 ) (B.C. 1054.)
    6. An officer in the household of Ahaz king of Judah, who was slain by Zichri the Ephraimite when Pekah invaded Judah. ( 2 Chronicles 28:7 ) (B.C. 739.)

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Elkanah, or Elkonah'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.


    el-ka'-na ('elqanah, "God has possessed"):

    (1) An Ephraimite, the father of Samuel (1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:11-20). Of his two wives, Hannah, the childless, was best beloved. At Shiloh she received through Eli the promise of a son. Elkanah, with Hannah, took the young Samuel to Shiloh when he was weaned, and left him with EIi as their offering to Yahweh. They were blessed with three other sons and two daughters.

    (2) The second son of Korah (Exodus 6:24), who escaped the fate of Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 26:11).

    (3) One "next to the king" in Jerusalem in the time of Ahaz; slain by one Zichri of Ephraim in war with Pekah (2 Chronicles 28:7).

    (4) One of the Korahites among David's "mighty men" (1 Chronicles 12:1,6).

    (5) A Levite, possibly the same as (2) above (1 Chronicles 6:23,15,36).

    (6) Another Levite of the same line (1 Chronicles 6:26,35).

    (7) Another Levite, ancestor of Berechiah (1 Chronicles 9:16).

    (8) Another Levite (if not the same as (4) above), one of the "doorkeepers for the ark" (1 Chronicles 15:23).

    F. K. Farr

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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ELKANAH'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.  

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