The first King of Israel, he lost favor with Yahweh (and hence, lost the throne) because he consulted with a foreign witch rather than listening to God's prophet. His son, Jonathan, was a close friend of David.
(sha-'OOL) n. Saul. “also known as Paul” (Acts 13:9). Messiah's emissary to the gentile world. Rabbi Shau'l is widely known for being the emissary to the gentiles (also the name of the first king of Israel).
(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"
English for Hebrew Sha'ul, who also had the Greek name Paulos. He was born in Tarsus and brought up in Jerusalem. He was a Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin and student of Gamaliel, whose teaching can be seen in Saulâ€(tm)s constant use of known Hillelian Hermeneutics. Saul first persecuted the disciples of Messiah until his vision of Messiah on the way to Damascus. Known writer of 13 letters in the B'rit Hadasha.
Saul is an oratorio in three acts written by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Charles Jennens. Taken from the 1st Book of Samuel, the story of Saul focuses on the first king of Israelâ€™s relationship with his eventual successor, David; one which turns from admiration to jealously and hatred, and ultimately leads to the fall and death of the eponymous monarch. The work, which Handel began in 1738, can be considered among his finest and includes the famous Dead March, a funeral anthem for Saul and his son Jonathan, and some of the composer's most dramatic choral pieces.