Anna (Luke 2:36-37) was the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She was a godly woman who followed the prophetic tradition of Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah. Like them, she cared passionately about Israel and their dealings with the Lord. After seven years of marriage, Anna’s husband died, and she devoted herself to serving God. The elderly prophet lived in the temple at Jerusalem and spent her days and nights fasting, praying and worshipping God.
Anna approached and also announced that the child was the long-awaited Messiah, and she praised God for fulfilling his promises to the Israelites.
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