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The father of Saul (שָׁאְוּל, sha'wl), the first king of Israel.
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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
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
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
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
The Ultimate Who’s Who in the Bible
Kish [Kihsh](Hebrew origin: Bow)(1 Samuel 9:1). 11th century b.c. Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, was a wealthy and powerful man in his community.One day some of Kish’s assess were lost, and he sent his son Saul, a tall and good-looking young man, to search for them. This search led to Saul’s meeting
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Kish [kish] (קיש, “Gift”) (1) the father of King Saul (1 Sam. 9:1) (2) a Benjaminite, the son of Jeiel (1 Chron. 8:30) (3) son of Mahli (2), a Merarite Levite; father of Jerahmeel (2) (1 Chron. 24:29) (4) son of Abdi, a Merarite Levite; assisted in the cleansing of the temple under Hezekiah (2 Chron.
KishKish was a farmer of the tribe of Benjamin and the father of King Saul. He is described as “a man of standing” (1 Sam. 9:1), which in the Hebrew idiom meant that he was rich and powerful. He possessed many servants and asses, both important tokens of wealth. Saul’s protestation of humble origins
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
KISH kish [קִישׁ qish; Κίς Kis]. 1. The father of King Saul. Kish was a Benjaminite and the son of ABIEL (1 Sam 9:1; Acts 13:21). Kish is depicted as a man of stature and privilege, whose donkeys Saul was seeking when he is chosen as king (1 Sam 9). Saul and his son were buried with Kish after David