His sons were Ahimaaz and Azariah followed by his descendants who held the high priesthood up to the destruction of the First Temple and, following the building of the Second Temple, resumed the high priesthood, as per Joshua the High Priest (along with Ezra) being of Sons of Zadok lineage. A loyal faction on Mount Gerizim; a heretical faction that followed false gods; and the faction that followed Eli son of Yafni on Shiloh.. Eli was the high priest (kohen gadol) of Shiloh, the second-to-last Israelite judge (succeeded only by Samuel) before the rule of the Kings of Israel and Judah.Hannah. ( Leviticus 10:1 Leviticus 10:2 Leviticus 10:12 ) comp. Eli says something very interesting during his conversation with Alicia: “They [voters] want people who are open-minded.”. What does Eli mean? , Though his own genealogy is not given by the text, a number of scholars have determined a genealogy for Eli, based on that given to his sons in other passages. Abiathar is described by the Book of Chronicles as being a direct (paternal) descendant of Ithamar; the Books of Samuel state that Abiathar was a son of Ahimelech and that Ahimelech was a son of Ahitub, who is the brother of Ichabod. When Eli found Hannah in the temple, she was praying silently with her lips moving. The Israelites had brought the Ark with them to battle under the premise that there was no possible way God would allow it to enter enemy hands, an assumption that proved to be incorrect. The premise of Eli centers around the Bible—not just as a book or an object of immense cultural value, but as a source of power. In reaction to the news that the Ark of God has been captured, Eli fell backwards out of the chair and died from a broken neck. As a sign of the accuracy of this future, Eli was told that his sons would die on the same day. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Eli is "high". The chief interest centers in Samuel. According to the Samaritans the age of divine favor will only return with the coming of the Taheb (Messiah or Restorer). He built an altar, omitting no detail - it all corresponded to the original, piece by piece. This story of Hannah, with which the Books of Samuel begin, involves Eli. In her despair, Hannah prayed to Yahweh for a child, and promising that if her prayer is granted, she would dedicate her son to God. “Columbus Day” vs. “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”: What Should This Holiday Be Called? ( 1 Samuel 2:27-36 ) with 1Kin 2:27 Notwithstanding this one great blemish, the character of Eli is marked by eminent piety, as shown by his meek submission to the divine judgment, ( 1 Samuel 3:18 ) and his supreme regard for the ark of God. ( 1 Samuel 4:18 ) In addition to the office of high priest he held that of judge. The prophecy was not long in fulfillment. One did according to the abominations of the Gentiles and served other Gods; another followed Eli the son of Yafni, although many of them turned away from him after he had revealed his intentions; and a third remained with the High Priest Uzzi ben Bukki, the chosen place, Mount Gerizim Bethel, in the holy city of Shechem.