ha-na'-ni (chanani, "gracious"):

(1) A musician and son of Heman, David's seer, and head of one of the courses of the temple service (1 Chronicles 25:4,25).

(2) A seer, the father of Jehu. He was cast into prison for his courage in rebuking Asa for relying on Syria (1 Kings 16:1,7; 2 Chronicles 19:2; 20:34).

(3) A priest, of the sons of Immer, who had married a foreign wife (Ezra 10:20).

(4) A brother or kinsman of Nehemiah who carried news of the condition of the Jews in Palestine to Susa and became one of the governors of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:2; 7:2).

(5) A priest and chief musician who took part in the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 12:36).

Byron H. Dement

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