Shilo is one of the most Biblically rich towns in Israel. The town today is located righ next to the location where the Tabernacle stood for 369 years.
When the Jews entered the Land of Israel in the time of Joshua, they came with the Tabernacle. It was a travelling Temple. For hundreds of years, the Tabernacle stayed on wheels. The main resting place for the Tabernacle before the Temple was built in the time of Solomon was Shilo. Shilo was the spiritual center of the Jewish people in the time of Samuel. It was in this town that Hanna’s prayer for a child was answered and she had a son, Samuel.
Judea and Samaria
The land of Judea and Samaria is filled with towns that have the same names as the Biblical towns. Moreover, they are usually located right next to the ancient Biblical towns. This is the case because the Jews are the only indigenous people too have lived in this area over 2,000 years ago.
Shilo, Beit-El, Beethlehem, Hebron, Beer Sheva, are just a few. And, of course, Jerusalem in the center. Most of Israel’s population does not live in the heartland of the Biblical areas of the Land of Israel. That is because from 1949 till 1967, the Jordanians occupied this part of the Land of Israel and forbid any Jews to enter.
But once the Jews liberated their land in the Six Day War, Shechem, Shilo, Beit-El, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron, and the entire city of Jerusalem became part of the State of Israel. Since the late 1960’s a resettlement campaign has grown stronger and stronger. Their are now nearly half a million Jews who live in these areas of the State of Israel, not including the liberated parts of Jerusalem. Shilo is a must for any visitor.