EASTON’S BIBLE DICTIONARY (1897 EDITION)
Anna – grace, an aged widow, the daughter of Phanuel. She was a “prophetess,” like Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah (2 Chr. 34:22).
After seven years of married life her husband died, and during her long widowhood she daily attended the temple services.
When she was eighty-four years old, she entered the temple at the moment when the aged Simeon uttered his memorable words of praise and thanks to God that he had fulfilled his ancient promise in sending his Son into the world (Luke 2:36, 37).