As a longtime resident in the re-established Israeli town of Shiloh, in the hills of Samaria (the northern part of the West Bank), I am often asked by visitors about the verse in Genesis that speaks about Shiloh in rather mysterious terms:
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a scholar from among his descendants, until Shiloh comes, and his will be an assemblage of nations” (Gen. 49:10).
We know that Shiloh was the first capital city of ancient Israel, the place where the tabernacle of Israel stood for 369 years, where Hannah came to pray for a son and where the son who was born from those prayers, Samuel the prophet, grew up, serving the Almighty in the tabernacle. The history is clear, but why “until Shiloh comes”? Places don’t come; people do.
The biblical commentators teach…
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