Eli the high priest and 10th Judge of Israel
Eli judged from 1107BC to 1067BC and led Israel for 40 years. He died when he was 98 years old by falling backward off his chair when he heard that the Ark of the covenant of God had been captured and that his two evil sons Hophni and Phinehas had been killed.
Eli trained Samuel from a very early age.
Eli in Hebrew means: Jah is high.
Eli -The Birth of Samuel
1There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3 Year after year this man went up from his town to
worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and
Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. 4Whenever
the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the
meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5
But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD
had closed her womb. 6 And because the LORD had closed her
womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8
Elkanah her husband would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't
you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten
1 Samuel 1:1-8 - 4:22
Continued 1 Samuel 1:9 - 4:22
also read: 1 Kings 2:27