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One of the main routes from Egypt to northern Palestine was the road that passed along the top of the central hill country through the towns of Beersheba, Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethel, Shiloh and Shechem (Judges 21:19). (For map see PALESTINE.) Shiloh’s convenient location on this road may have been one reason why it was Israel’s central place of worship for most of the period of the judges. There that the nation’s leaders set up the tabernacle and the people held religious festivals (Joshua 18:1; Joshua 18:8-10; Joshua 19:51; Joshua 22:9; Joshua 22:12; Judges 18:31; Judges 21:19-21; 1 Samuel 1:3; 1 Samuel 1:9; 1 Samuel 3:21; 1 Samuel 4:3).

Some time later, because of the sins of the people, God allowed invaders to destroy Shiloh (Psalms 78:60; Jeremiah 7:12-14). This may have occurred during the period of Philistine oppression that led to the establishment of Israel’s monarchy (1 Samuel 4:2; 1 Samuel 8:20). In the early days of the monarchy the tabernacle was set up at Nob, a town close to Jerusalem (1 Samuel 21:1-6; 1 Samuel 22:18-19). Later, Shiloh was partly rebuilt, but never again was the tabernacle set up there (1 Kings 14:4).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Shiloh'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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