EliEli - After Samson, the time of the judges was winding down.  The next leader of Israel was not a warrior, but a high priest named Eli who lived in Shiloh.  Before the temple, sacrifices were made at the tabernacle which was in Shiloh.  Thus Shiloh was probably considered the capital of Israel at this time.  And Eli was the priest of the tabernacle.  He also had two sons who were priests as well (it was a family profession), but they were wicked men.


"Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the Lord...Now Eli was very old, and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting (The Tabernacle).  He said to them, 'Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people?  No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the Lord's people circulating.  If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?'  But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the Lord desired to put them to death." (I Samuel 2:12&22-25, NASB)