Samuel Given to Eli by Freman, circa 1700
Samuel Given to Eli by G. Freman, published in Richard Blome's History of the Bible, circa 1700.
Samuel was a prophet and leader of the Israelites. His story can be found in the Book of Samuel in the Old Testament and he is also mentioned in the Qur'an. This print depicts Samuel's parents, Elkanah and Hannah, giving their son to Eli, High priest of Shiloh. Hannah had prayed to God to bless her with a child since she was barren. Eli mistook her behavior at first, believing her to be intoxicated. However when she explained her situation Eli blessed her and she promised to give her child over to God. After Samuel is born and weaned he is taken to Shiloh and given to Eli, as promised.
Richard Blome (1635-1705) had been an active publisher of a variety of subjects. His History of the Bible was an English translation of De Royaumont's History of the Bible. It was first published around 1690, with several editions following after it. At the top of this print is a dedication to Anne, Princess of Denmark, and her son William, Duke of Gloucester. William died in 1700, shortly after his eleventh birthday. Anne was crowned Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland, in 1702, following the death of her brother-in-law William III.
- Naomi Bean