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In the Bible, a judge of Israel who was the teacher of Samuel.
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(Bible) Old Testament the highest priest at Shiloh and teacher of Samuel (I Samuel 1–3)
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a Hebrew judge and priest. I Sam. 1–4.
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About daylight we passed Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant rested three hundred years, and at whose gates good old Eli fell down and "brake his neck" when the messenger, riding hard from the battle, told him of the defeat of his people, the death of his sons, and, more than all, the capture of Israel's pride, her hope, her refuge, the ancient Ark her forefathers brought with them out of Egypt.
Sometimes, the worthy gentleman would reprove my mother for being over-indulgent to her sons, with a reference to old Eli, or David and Absalom, which was particularly galling to her feelings; and, very highly as she respected him, and all his sayings, I once heard her exclaim, 'I wish to goodness he had a son himself!
That night Amelia made the boy read the story of Samuel to her, and how Hannah, his mother, having weaned him, brought him to Eli the High Priest to minister before the Lord.
On one of the hottest days of the month of August, 1833, Bill Smith, William Hughes, a slave named Eli, and myself, were engaged in fanning wheat.
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Eli said: "I was out on Wednesday night, dancing with my friends and drinking.
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The family of Eli, who has an epilepsy, autism in addition to severe learning difficulties, were on a flight from Dubai to France coming from Australia where they faced pressure and were asked to leave the flight because of their son and his disability.