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Catholic Word of the Day: SAUL, 07-23-10 ^ | 07-23-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 07/23/2010 8:20:30 AM PDT by Salvation

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The son of Kish; he ruled Israel as its first king for twenty years about the year 1000 B.C. He was a tall, handsome, impressive man in appearance (I Samuel 9:2-3), but his complex personality brought him trouble. When the people of Israel begged Samuel, their highly respected prophet and judge, to get them a king in order to protect their security, Samuel consulted Yahweh, who recommended Saul (I Samuel 8-10). At first he proved very successful because of his military achievements (I Samuel 11:14-15), but he did not show respect or obedience to Yahweh, and Samuel, who had gained the kingship for him, became disenchanted. Instead, he encouraged the advancement of Saul's son-in-law, David, and even secretly anointed him as the future king (I Samuel 13:8-15). Saul became insanely jealous of David and several times tried to have him killed. Ironically, both Saul's daughter, Michal, who was married to David (I Samuel 19:11-12), and Jonathan, his son, sided with the young man against their father and did everything possible to protect David from the maddened king (I Samuel 19:1-7). Finally, in a fierce battle between the Israelites and the Philistines, all three of Saul's sons were killed. Badly wounded, the king killed himself (I Samuel 31:1-6). This cleared the way for David to become King of Israel for the next forty years.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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Another name that I bet most of you were familiar with.
1 posted on 07/23/2010 8:20:32 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 07/23/2010 8:23:15 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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SAUL sure was a great prophet for Israel.

SAUL the former name of PAUL is also a famous name for the New Testament, as the Godhead, the Father, the Son (the Glorified in Heaven Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) deposited corrected doctrine to Paul regarding this dispensation of God's grace; and the Godhead has designated that the Apostle Paul is to be the minister of all saints today in the church, the Body of Christ, for which all saints who are of the same faith of Jesus Christ and Paul the Apostle are made to be members of the Body of Christ, the church, and Christ its head.

3 posted on 07/23/2010 9:19:51 PM PDT by bibletruth
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