American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
A high priest of the Jews, the first in the line of Ithamar, 1 Samuel 2:27 . He was also a judge of Israel forty years, and was eminent for piety and usefulness, but criminally negligent of family discipline. For this the judgments of God fell upon his house, 1 Samuel 3:11-18 . In battle with the Philistines his two sons were slain, and Israel defeated; but it was the capture of the ark of God that broke his heart, 1 Samuel 4:1-22 . The divine threatening was fully performed in the day of Abiathar, which see.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Eli'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/e/eli.html. 1859.