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Anna is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Hannah, both of which mean grace. Anna was a very faithful lady who prayed daily at the Temple, and was there when, as Joseph and Mary presented the infant Jesus to The Lord according to Israelite law, Simeon identified Jesus as the promised Messiah. Anna was a prophetess, a somewhat rare role for the women of Bible History - among the very few others identified by name were Miriam and Deborah.

The Temple Jesus Presented At The Temple

"And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to The Lord, as it is written in the law of The Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to The Lord," and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of The Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

"Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen The Lord's Christ."

"And inspired by the Spirit he came into the Temple [see Temples and Physical and Spiritual Temples]; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Thy people Israel."

"And His father and His mother marveled at what was said about Him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against, and a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."

"And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the Temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of Him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem."

"And when they had performed everything according to the law of The Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:22-40 RSV)

Special Thanks To Anna

The author of Daily Bible Study would like to thank a modern-day Anna whose extensive Bible knowledge and depth of understanding have often benefited this worldwide ministry. The study "The Logos" would not have been completed without her wisdom and patience. :)

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