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Shiloh - Military, personal name, Institutions, Popular culture

ark palestine tribes

The site of an ancient city in C Palestine about 14 km/9 mi N of Bethel; noted as the central sanctuary of the tribes of Israel during the conquest and settlement of Palestine under the tribal judges. It also sheltered the Ark of the Covenant, and was thus a strong unifying force amongst the tribes. It was destroyed c.1050 BC, when the Ark was captured by the Philistines, and the priesthood then moved to Nob.

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