The word Hanani (Hebrew: חנני) means "God has gratified me", or "God is gracious".

Hanani is the name of four men mentioned in the Hebrew Bible

  • One of the sons of Heman (1 Chronicles 25:4, 25).
  • A prophet who was sent to rebuke king Asa of Judah for entering into a league with Ben-Hadad I, king of Syria, against the northern kingdom of Israel. Hanani was imprisoned by Asa (2 Chr. 16:7-10). This Hanani was also probably the father of the prophet Jehu, who rebuked Baasha, king of the northern kingdom (1 Kings 16:7). The Pulpit Commentary suggests both "belonged to the Kingdom of Judah".[1]
  • A member of the priestly family of Immer, listed in Ezra 10:20 as having married a foreign wife.
  • Probably a brother of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:2; 7:2), who reported to him the melancholy condition of Jerusalem. Nehemiah afterwards appointed him to have charge of the city gates.


  1. Pulpit Commentary on 1 Kings 16, accessed 27 October 2017
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