Anna @ grace, an aged widow, the daughter of Phanuel. She was a "prophetess," like Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah ( 2Chronicals: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).
Annas @ was high priest A.D. 7-14. In A.D. 25 Caiaphas, who had married the daughter of Annas John:18:13), was raised to that office, and probably Annas was now made president of the Sanhedrim, or deputy or coadjutor of the high priest, and thus was also called high priest along with Caiaphas Luke:3:2). By the Mosaic law the high-priesthood was held for life Numbers:3:10); and although Annas had been deposed by the Roman procurator, the Jews may still have regarded him as legally the high priest. Our Lord was first brought before Annas, and after a brief questioning of him John:18:19-23) was sent to Caiaphas, when some members of the Sanhedrim had met, and the first trial of Jesus took place Matthew:26:57-68). This examination of our Lord before Annas is recorded only by John. Annas was president of the Sanhedrim before which Peter and John were brought Acts:4:6).