Hophni and Phinehas


Hophni and Phinehas
Sons of Eli, priests at Shiloh, who behaved dishonourably, and were killed by the Philistines when the Ark [[➝ ark]] was captured (1 Sam. 4). The news of this disaster caused Eli to have a fatal heart attack.

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  • HOPHNI AND PHINEHAS — (Heb. חָפְנִי, Egyptian ḥfn (r), tadpole ; Heb. פִּנְחָס, Egyptian pi nḥsy, the dark skinned one ), the two sons of eli who served with him as priests in Shiloh (I Sam. 1:3). The fact that both had Egyptian names may be explained by the family s… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Hophni and Phinehas — Hophni (Hebrew: חָפְנִי, Modern Hofni Tiberian Ḥop̄nî) and Phinehas or Phineas (Hebrew: פִּינְחָס, Modern Pinehas Tiberian  …   Wikipedia

  • PHINEHAS — (Heb. פִּנְחָס), name of three biblical figures: (1) Son of eleazar , son of aaron the priest (Ex. 6:25; cf. genealogies in Ezra 7:1–5; I Chron. 5:28–41; 6:35–38). When the Israelites suffered a plague in punishment for indulging in the orgiastic …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Phinehas — noun a) Any of a number of Old Testament men, including a son of Eli and a grandson of Aaron. And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them. b) of biblical… …   Wiktionary

  • Hophni — (fl. 11th cent BCE)    Israelite priest, son of Eli. The Bible describes Hophni and his brother Phinehas as following an evil way and they died in battle against the Philistines (I Samuel 2 4) …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Phinehas —    Mouth of brass, or from old Egypt, the negro.    1) Son of Eleazar, the high priest (Ex. 6:25). While yet a youth he distinguished himself at Shittim by his zeal against the immorality into which the Moabites had tempted the people (Num. 25:1… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Phinehas —    1) (fl. ?13th cent BCE)    Israelite priest, grandson of Aaron. He slew Zimri and as a reward he and his descendants were granted the priesthood (Numbers 25). He was also given a holding on Mount Ephraim. Phinehas continued to officiate and… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • PRIESTS AND PRIESTHOOD — Definition of Priesthood The priests are the principal functionaries in divine services, their special task being to engage in cultic ceremonies which they conducted mainly in the Temple. In general the priests post is authorized by hereditary… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 1 Samuel 4 — 1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they… …   The King James version of the Bible

  • ELI — (Heb. אֵלִי; (YHWH is) exalted ), a priest in the sanctuary of the Lord at shiloh during the period of the Judges (I Sam. 1:9). The father of hophni and phinehas , Eli s ancestry is not recorded in the Bible, but his two sons bear Egyptian names …   Encyclopedia of Judaism


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