- the first king of Israel. I Sam. 9.
- Also called Saul of Tarsus. the original name of the apostle Paul. Acts 9:1–30; 22:3.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “asked for.”
Examples from the Web for saul
He may have been telling the truth when, on hearing that Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize, he remarked, “Never heard of him.”Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
The Saul story was in some ways the trickiest story for us this season.
The Javadi story was just intimately bound up with the Saul story.
Well, if it's Carrie and her spy-rabbi Saul, courtesy of the inimitable Mandy Patinkin, the answer is: Yes, we still are.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form
September 30, 2014
Just consider the ubiquity of the products: the Honeywell thermostat, the Saul Bass credit scenes.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
Go and inquire for one called Saul of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.The Ministry of Intercession
And if Samuel appeared to Saul, how could it take place if Samuel had no members?The Phantom World
"By my saul, I believe so," muttered the old gentleman, in deep anger.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Samuel's seeing led him to institute the monarchy under Saul.History of Religion
When he dared to open his eyes he was blinded and dazed like the stricken Saul.In a Little Town
- 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
- New Testament the name borne by Paul prior to his conversion (Acts 9: 1–30)
Word Origin and History for saul
masc. proper name, Biblical first king of Israel, from Latin Saul, from Hebrew Shaul, literally "asked for," passive participle of sha'al "he asked for."