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Eli/Elides
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Eli was priest of the transregionally significant sanctuary of Shiloh in the 11th century (1 Sam 1–4). His name means “the highest” (cf. Ugar. 'lyn, Heb. 'lywn; the theophoric element – presumably yw – has been omitted, cf. the name 'lyw attested in inscriptions as well as 'lw in parallel to yhwh in 1 Sam 2:10). Eli's sons, also priests, bore Egyptian names: Phinehas and Hophni. They appear as dishonorable bachelors; Eli, in contrast, as honorable, if fallible. The birth and rise of Samuel are associated with his name. He died like his sons when the ark of YHWH, housed in Shil…

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Dietrich, Walter, “Eli/Elides”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04228>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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