Eli the Priest: Major character in the book of (1) Samuel. Some time around 1050 B.C.E., he became senior priest (very likely High Priest) of Shiloh; he also functioned as a judge over Israel. In the former role, he met Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, who later became Eli's servant. Himself a good and upright man, Eli's sons Hophni and Phinehas were reported to be highly immoral, and the family was cursed. Eli was to be one of the last High Priests of his line. Aged and blind, he could not attend the battle of Aphek with his sons. Both were slain there, and the Ark of the Covenant was captured. Eli is said to have fallen and died when he heart the news of the disaster.