Bible Names A-G: Elkanah
Elkanah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
God-created. (1.) The second son of Korah (Ex. 6:24), or,
according to 1 Chr. 6:22, 23, more correctly his
(2.) Another Levite of the line of Heman the singer,
he does not seem to have performed any of the usual
offices. He was father of Samuel the prophet (1 Chr.
He was "an Ephrathite" (1 Sam. 1:1, 4, 8), but lived
at Ramah, a
man of wealth and high position. He had two wives,
was the mother of Samuel, and Peninnah.
Elkanah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Korah, son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi
(Exodus 6:24); compare 1 Chronicles 6:22-23, where an
Elkanah is mentioned, grandson of Korah. "The children of
Korah died not" when he was consumed (Numbers 26:11).
2. A descendant of the previous Elkanah, in the line
of Ahimoth or Mahath (1 Chronicles 6:26; 1 Chronicles 6:35).
3. Another Kohathite in Heman's line, father of
Samuel by Hannah (1 Chronicles 6:27; 1 Chronicles 6:34; 1
Chronicles 6:1 Samuel 1-2). Lived at Ramathaim Zophim, or
Ramah, in mount Ephraim. Piously repaired yearly to Shiloh
to sacrifice at the tabernacle. His costly offering of three
bullocks at Samuel's dedication, and the "portions" of
offerings which he gave to his family, indicate wealth.
David first established the Levitical and priestly courses
in the temple; hence Elkanah does not appear to have
performed any sacred function as a Levite.
4. A Levite (1 Chronicles 9:16).
5. A Korhite who joined David at Ziklag (1
Chronicles 12:6, compare 1 Chronicles 15:23).
6. King Ahaz' officer next to himself, slain by
Zichri, a mighty Ephraimite, at Pekah's invasion (2
Elkanah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
God the zealous; the zeal of God
Elkanah in Naves Topical Bible
1. Grandson of Korah
Ex 6:24; 1Ch 6:23
-2. Father of Samuel; a descendant of the preceding
1Sa 1:1,4,8,19,21,23; 2:11,20; 1Ch 6:27,34
-3. A Levite
-4. Possibly identical with number three above
-5. A Levite
-6. A Levite who joined David at Ziklag
-7. A doorkeeper for the ark, perhaps identical with number
-8. A prince of Ahaz
Elkanah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. Son, or rather grandson, see 1Ch 6:22,23 ( 1Chr
6:7,8 ) of Korah, according to Ex 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. 1Ch 6:27,34 (B.C. about 1190.)
All that is known of him is contained in the above notices and
in 1Sa 1:1,4,8,19,21,23 and 1Sam 2:11,20
4. A Levite. 1Ch 9:16
5. A Korhite who joined David while he was at Ziklag.
1Ch 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. 2Ch 28:7 (B.C. 739.)
Elkanah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
el-ka'-na ('elqanah, "God has possessed"):
(1) An Ephraimite, the father of Samuel (1 Sam 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
(2) The second son of Korah (Ex 6:24), who escaped the fate
of Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Nu 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 Ch
(4) One of the Korahites among David's "mighty men" (1 Ch
(5) A Levite, possibly the same as (2) above (1 Ch
(6) Another Levite of the same line (1 Ch 6:26,35).
(7) Another Levite, ancestor of Berechiah (1 Ch 9:16).
(8) Another Levite (if not the same as (4) above), one of
the "doorkeepers for the ark" (1 Ch 15:23).
F. K. Farr
Elkanah in Wikipedia
(Hebrew:אֱלְקָנָה) is a Hebrew name meaning "God has purchased".
There are several persons in the Bible called Elkanah:
Elkanah (husband of Hannah), father of Samuel.
A Levite, ancestor of a certain Berechiah. (1 Chronicles 9:
A Levite, son of the rebellious Korah and brother of Abiasaph.
(Exodus 6: 24)
A Levite, descendant of Korah, who "came to David at Ziklag
while he was still under restrictions because of Saul." (1
Chronicles chapter 12)
A Levite, descendant from Korah through Abiasaph, mentioned as
the great grandfather of the next. (1 Chronicles chapter 6)
A Levite, mentioned as the great great great grandfather of
Elkanah, Samuel's father.
One of the gatekeepers of the Ark of the Covenant, when David
transferred it to Jerusalem. (1 Chronicles chapter 15)
An official in king Ahaz' court. (2 Chronicles chapter 28)
Elkanah Scripture - 1 Samuel 1:19
And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before
the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and
Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
Elkanah Scripture - 1 Samuel 1:23
And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee
good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD
establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck
until she weaned him.
Elkanah Scripture - 1 Samuel 2:20
And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give
thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the
LORD. And they went unto their own home.
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