King Saul

detail of 'Saul Attacking David' by Guercino, 1646, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, ItalyArticle

First king of Israel. When the people demanded a king, he was anointed by the prophet Samuel, but lost the favour of God through disobedience. he received David into his household, and later persecuted him in jealousy. After visiting the witch of Enor in order to communicate with Samuel’s spirit, he was defeated by the Philistines, and then took his own life.

MLA Citation

  • “Sauli”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2016. Web. 9 December 2021. <>