1 Samuel 1-2. The story of Elkanah and his wives Hannah and Peninah. The Levitical origins of House Elkanah, possibly associated with the school of the prophets. Hannah and Peninah, bitterness between wives in polygamy. Hannah's prayer, an expression of bitterness spoken through the heart, not through words. God listens to the heart, and not to words. Eli, the High Priest blesses Hannah that he prayer be answered, and by the power that is channeled through the High Priest, her prayer is indeed answered and Samuel is born. Hannah's song, a classic example of the ancient Hebraic way of thinking. Again, Eli blesses Hannah and she continues to have many more children. Eli's sons defy Heaven, and a prophetic warning is given, speaking about their pending doom. One cannot dishonor Heaven for long, without reprisal.