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In the Bible, the first king of Israel, who died in battle against the Philistines and was succeeded by David.
1. (Bible) Old Testament the first king of Israel (?1020–1000 bc). He led Israel successfully against the Philistines, but was in continual conflict with the high priest Samuel. He became afflicted with madness and died by his own hand; succeeded by David
2. (Bible) New Testament the name borne by Paul prior to his conversion (Acts 9: 1–30)
1. the first king of Israel. I Sam. 9.
2. Also called Saul′ of Tar′sus. the original name of the apostle Paul. Acts 9:1–30; 22:3.
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|Noun||1.||Saul - (Old Testament) the first king of the Israelites who defended Israel against many enemies (especially the Philistines)|
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
|2.||Saul - (New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles; author of several Epistles in the New Testament; even though Paul was not present at the Last Supper he is considered an Apostle; "Paul's name was Saul prior to his conversion to Christianity"|
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible