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The tabernacle containing the ark of the covenant was set up in this area and remained here for centuries.
In this western view, the ruins of the ancient city are just left of center. They are on a small rounded hill surrounded by taller hills, as though in the palm of a hand.
Significant Events:
The tribes of Israel assembled and received their allotment of territory (Josh. 18-22). The tabernacle and ark of the covenant were set up here and remained for centuries (Josh. 18:1). Here Hannah prayed and dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord’s service (1 Sam. 1). The Israelites took the ark from Shiloh and were defeated by the Philistines, who then captured the ark (1 Sam. 4:1-11). (See Bible Dictionary, “Shiloh.”)