The Story of Hannah (1 Sam 1:1–2:11) from a Perspective of Han: The Three-Phase Transformative Process

Yung Suk Kim


This article explores how Hannah undergoes her difficult life experience called han, and how she is being transformed beyond the logic of ‘us’ or ‘them’ hermeneutics. In the process of transformation Hannah engages three phases of attitude or moments of life: ‘I am nothing,’ ‘I am something,’ and ‘I am anything.’ The story of Hannah becomes a story of public, holistic transformation that involves self, community and society.


1 Samuel 1-2; Han

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391