🔼The name Phanuel in the Bible
The name Phanuel belongs to a man of the Israeli tribe of Asher, whose daughter (or more distant descendant) Anna was fortunate enough to meet the infant Jesus in Jerusalem when she was eighty-four and widow (Luke 2:36).
🔼Etymology of the name Phanuel
The name Phanuel consists of two elements, the final one being אל, El, the prominent Canaanite deity whose name became applied to the God of Israel, or the common abbreviation of Elohim, the genus God:
The first part of our name comes from the verb פנה (pana), meaning to turn:
The name Phanuel means the same as Penuel, namely Face Of God or He Turns To God.