Anna is one of the Bible’s most unusual women. Introduced at the end of the Birth Narrative (Luke 1:1-2:40). Anna was called a 'Prophetess' who after Simeon arrives at the purification of Mary, she arrives. Simeon and Anna arrive at the ritual independently, though both seem led by divine direction (Luke 2:22-38). Simeon prophesies that the child, Jesus is God’s salvation, “prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:28, 30b-32). Simeon praises the Lord while Anna offers thanks.
"There was one Anna, a prophetess,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; She was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem." Luke 2:36-38
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