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2_Shiloh2_P_FIXED After conquering the land, the Israelites claimed the site of Shiloh as the religious center of the nation, and there they placed the tabernacle.  However, after Hophni and Phinehas lost the Ark of the Covenant in battle, the archaeological record indicates Shiloh was destroyed soon thereafter, possibly by Philistines following up their “victory” over Israel’s God by also destroying Shiloh.