A figure mentioned in Gen. 49:10 in the benediction given by Abraham to his son Judah:

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

The Vulgate Version translates the word, "he who is to be sent;" the Revised Version, margin, "till he come to Shiloh;" the LXX., "until that which is his shall come to Shiloh;" and the English Standard Version, "until tribute comes to him."

Among Christians, it is often understood as denoting the Messiah, and Shiloh is interpreted as a proper name.

Shiloh is also the name of a city of Ephraim, on the north side of Bethel, where the tabernacle was set up after the Conquest. It is where the ark of the covenant remained until it fell into the hands of the Philistines.1



  1. Josh. 18:1- 10; Judg. 21:19.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.