noun \ˈsl, ˈsäl\

Definition of SAUL

:  the first king of Israel
:  the apostle Paul —called also Saul of Tarsus

Origin of SAUL

Late Latin Saulus, from Greek Saulos, from Hebrew Shā'ūl
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(flourished 11th century BC, Israel) First king of Israel (r. 1021–1000 BC). All that is known of Saul comes from the biblical books of Samuel I and II. He was anointed king by the prophet Samuel, as a concession to popular pressure, after delivering the town of Jabesh-Gilead from Ammonite oppression. Samuel's rejection of Saul and Saul's jealousy of David led to Saul's decline. He died battling the Philistines at Mount Gilboa; David delivered the Israelites and paid tribute to the fallen Saul.

Variants of SAUL

Saul Hebrew Shaul


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