The first king of Israel.


Mt. Gilboa - where Saul died
Saul was anointed by Samuel to be the first king of Israel. He was the son of Kish, a wealthy man of the tribe of Benjamin. His first test came when he successfully rallied the men of Israel against the Ammonites, proving himself to be an able soldier. When Saul became moody, David entered his service as a musician. Later, David gained fame as a warrior and Saul became jealous and tried to kill him. David fled and lived as an outlaw. Eventually Saul and his sons and the men of Israel fought a battle with the Philistines at Mount Gilboa. Before battle Saul had a medium call Samuel's ghost back from the dead. In the battle they were disastrously defeated, the sons of Saul were slain, and Saul fell upon his own sword.

1 Sam 9:1--10:1 - Anointed king
1 Sam 18:1-11 - Jealous of David
1 Sam 28:3-25 - Consults a medium
1 Sam 31:1-13 - Death

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