1 Samuel 1:21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.” c

23“Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

Hannah chose not to go to the annual sacrifice and her husband let her but according to Deuteronomy 12:11, she was supposed to go.

Deuteronomy 12:11 then the LORD your God will choose a dwelling for His Name. And there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice offerings you vow to the LORD.

Did Hannah sin by disobeying Deuteronomy 12:11?


Exodus 23:

14 “Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.

15“Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

16“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

“Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

17“Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord.

Did Hannah sin and violated Deuteronomy 12:11?

I don't think so. Only the men were required.


The laws of ancient Israel were "kind" - the ceremonial laws particularly allow people, because of incapacity, or in this case, child rearing, not to attend the Tabernacle on the three occasions each year as specified in Ex 23:14-17, 34:23, 24, Deut 16:16, etc.

In any case, the text quoted by the OP in Deut 12:11 only discusses the sacred gifts to the God at the Tabernacle. In Hannah's case, any gifts she gave could have (and probably were) sent with her husband, Elkanah.

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