Shiloh

Shiloh (Shi´loh)

An ancient religious center of Israel. Located about ten miles north of Bethel to the east of the Jerusalem-Nablus road (Judg 21:19), it is identified with modern Khirbet Seilun. Shiloh was the administrative and religious center for the Israelite tribes during the early settlement period (twelfth century BCE). There the tabernacle was set up (Josh 18:1), the distribution of the land by lot took place (Josh 18; Josh 19), the Levites were assigned their cities (Judg 21), and the ten tribes gathered to consider the apostasy of the east Jordan tribes (Josh 22). Shiloh was the central sanctuary and seat of the priesthood (Eleazar, Josh 21:1-2) until the Ark was captured in the battle with the Philistines at Ebenezer (1Sam 4). The Ark was not returned to Shiloh, and the city never regained its prestige. Shiloh’s destruction by the Philistines is not related in the OT, but Jeremiah cites its fate in his prophecies (Jer 7:12-14; Jer 26:6-9).

Judg 21:19

19So they said, “Look, the yearly festival of the Lord is taking place at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel ... View more

Josh 18:1

The Territories of the Remaining Tribes
1Then the whole congregation of the Israelites assembled at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay s ... View more

Josh 18

The Territories of the Remaining Tribes
1Then the whole congregation of the Israelites assembled at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay s ... View more

Josh 19

The Territory of Simeon
1The second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of Simeon, according to its families; its inheritance lay within the inheritance of t ... View more

Judg 21

The Benjaminites Saved from Extinction
1Now the Israelites had sworn at Mizpah, “No one of us shall give his daughter in marriage to Benjamin.”2And the people c ... View more

Josh 22

The Eastern Tribes Return to Their Territory
1Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh,2and said to them, “You have obse ... View more

Josh 21:1-2

Cities Allotted to the Levites
1Then the heads of the families of the Levites came to the priest Eleazar and to Joshua son of Nun and to the heads of the famili ... View more

1Sam 4

1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
The Ark of God Captured
In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel, and Israel went out to battle ... View more

Jer 7:12-14

12Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.13And now, because ... View more

Jer 26:6-9

6then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.7The priests and the prophets and all the people he ... View more

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