from the line of
is first introduced at the start of
in a confrontation with
whose silent prayer he mistakes for the ramblings of a drunken woman. After
corrects this impression,
blesses her with the prayer that her petition be answered.
rebukes his sons
for their behaviour at the Tabernacle. He has heard reports that his sons are sleeping with women who come to bring sacrifices and he warns them that God will punish them for their deeds. (According to the
did not actually have relations with these women, but detained them at
thus preventing them from returning to their husbands. See
שבת נה :.)
His sons ignore his warnings.
is visited by a man of God who foretells the downfall of the family, predicting that the
sons will both die on the same day. Subsequently, God sends a message to
via his young apprentice
that his family will be ousted from the priesthood. During a battle against the
the Israelites decide to bring the
to the field, believing that its presence will assist them achieve victory.
go with the Ark. The
win the battle and snatch the Ark.
are killed. The report reaches
who upon hearing it falls off his chair, breaks his neck, and dies. He is 98 and had served Israel for 40 years.