Saul


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Saul

 (sôl)
In the Bible, the first king of Israel, who died in battle against the Philistines and was succeeded by David.

Saul

(sɔːl)
n
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)

Saul

(sɔl)

n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Saul - (Old Testament) the first king of the Israelites who defended Israel against many enemies (especially the Philistines)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 GentilesSaul - (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
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References in classic literature ?
About eighteen or nineteen hundred years ago, Saul, a native of Tarsus, was particularly bitter against the new sect called Christians, and he left Jerusalem and started across the country on a furious crusade against them.
David offered himself to Saul to fight with Goliath, the Philistine champion, and, to give him courage, Saul armed him with his own weapons; which David rejected as soon as he had them on his back, saying he could make no use of them, and that he wished to meet the enemy with his sling and his knife.
Supposing that the tune allotted to him was the Dead March in Saul. Well.
Saith the Pythonissa to Saul, To-morrow thou and thy son shall be with me.
David playing to Saul could never have shown a finer sense of the occasion.
And with the question a great light seemed to fill the place, and I saw my duty sun-clear, as Saul saw his on the way to Damascus.
God's grace is not guided by human considerations: sometimes it comes not to those that strive for it, and comes to those that are unprepared, like Saul."
Was not Saul of Tarsus converted from unbelief by a similar fright?
"Why, bless you, Saul, the poor thing's as wet as he can be; and don't you reckon it may be he's hungry?"
"The Bible," said Aramis, "make our belief in them a law; the ghost of Samuel appeared to Saul, and it is an article of faith that I should be very sorry to see any doubt thrown upon, Porthos."
That faith was then new to me, and all Moxon's expounding had failed to make me a convert; but now it seemed as if a great light shone about me, like that which fell upon Saul of Tarsus; and out there in the storm and darkness and solitude I experienced what Lewes calls "The endless variety and excitement of philosophic thought." I exulted in a new sense of knowledge, a new pride of reason.
"It was in just such a place as this that other David tended the sheep when his father came and told him to go down unto Saul," he muttered.