Eli was a priest of the shrine at Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Eli’s sons were faithless and immoral. A woman named Hannah brought her young son Samuel to Eli to serve in the Temple. God revealed to Samuel that he would bring an end to the house of Eli. Eli’s sons were killed in a battle with the Philistines. When Eli heard that they were dead and that the Ark of the Covenant had been captured, he fell down and died.
Priest at Shiloh who cared for young Samuel.