A-Z: General definitions: Eli


Old Testament Priest at Shiloh (father of Hophni and Phinehas) who took charge of Samuel and was responsible for his religious and spiritual training (1 Samuel 1:3). When Samuel mistook the voice of God for the voice of Eli, Eli instructed him to ask God to speak the next time he heard the voice (1 Samuel 3:1). Eli's death was precipitated by the news of the death of his sons who had been rebellious, and the capture of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4:18).


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