The place-name “Ramathaim,” a noun in the dual number, found in Samuel’s ancestry 1 Sm 1:1 and nowhere else, is an allusion to a pair of narratives each set in Ramah, namely 1 Sm 19:18-24 and Jer 40:1-6, which together show the Spirit and the Word as essential features of biblical prophesying. Elkanah thus appears as part of a transgenerational movement of study and spiritual revitalization, to which the canonical book of Samuel continues to call us.


DOI: 10.7252/Journal.02.2014S.04