Kish (father of Saul)
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The father of Saul (שָׁאְוּל, sha'wl), the first king of Israel.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
KISH (PERSON) [Heb qı̂š (קִישׁ)]. The name of five individuals. Its etymology is uncertain. One proposal relates it to Akk qāšu, “bestow,” and qīštu, “gift” (IPN, 171 n. 3). Another relates it to qyšh/qyšʾ in the Aramaic inscriptions from Higr and compares it with the Arabic tribal and personal
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Kish. 1. Benjamite of Gibeah, father of King Saul and a man of some position in the community (1 Sm 9:1). His genealogy is traced for four generations, as is that of Elkanah, the father of Samuel, who would anoint Saul king (1 Sm 1:1).There is some obscurity in the genealogical information about Kish.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. The son of Abiel and the father of Saul the first king of Israel. He was of the tribe of Benjamin, of the family of the Matrites (1 S. 9:1; 14:51; 1 S. 10:21; cf. Acts 13:21, AV CIS). 1 Ch. 8:33; 9:39 suggest that Abiel was actually his grandfather and Ner his father, since the term “son” is the equivalent
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Kish.1 A Benjaminite from Gibeah who was the son of Abiel and the father of Saul (1 Sam. 9:1, 3; 10:11, 21; 14:51; 2 Sam. 21:14; 1 Chron. 12:1; 26:28). He is described as a man of wealth. He was buried at Zela in Benjamin, where Saul and his son Jonathan were also buried after their bodies were recovered
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
KISH1. A Benjamite, a descendant (“son”) of Jeiel and father of King Saul (1 Sam 9:1–3; 10:11, 21; 14:51; 2 Sam 21:14; 1 Chr 8:30, 33; 9:36, 39; 12:1; 26:28). Kish was a man of considerable means, having a number of servants and donkeys (1 Sam 9:3). Saul’s description of his family as the least of all
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
KISH (Heb. qîš, ‘bow’, ‘power’).1. A Benjaminite, the son of Abiel and father of King Saul (1 Sa. 9:1; 14:51; cf. Acts 13:21). 2. The son of Jehiel and Maacah (1 Ch. 8:30), perhaps the uncle of 1. 3. A Levite, grandson of Merari (1 Ch. 23:21).4. Another Levite and Merarite who assisted in the cleansing
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Kish (Heb. qɩ̂š) (PERSON)1. A Benjaminite from Gibeah, the son of Abiel and father of Saul (1 Sam. 9:1). A wealthy man (cf. 1 Sam. 9:3), Kish is described as a gibbôr ḥayɩ̂l, a “man of standing” (NJPSV) or “substance” (NIV), apparently a person of privileged military or material status. Saul’s claim
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
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