The meaning of Shaul; Shaulites in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
sha'-ul, sha'-ul-its (sha'ul; Saoul):
(1) A king of Edom (Genesis 36:37 ff. = I Chronicles 1:48 ff.).
(2) A son of Simeon (Genesis 46:10; Exodus 6:15; Numbers 26:13; I Chronicles 4:24). The clan was of notoriously impure stock, and, therefore, Shaul is called "the son of a Canaanitish woman" (Genesis 46:10; Exodus 6:15); the clan was of mixed Israelite and Canaanitish descent. The patronymic Shaulites is found in Numbers 26:13.
(3) An ancestor of Samuel (I Chronicles 6:24 (Hebrew 9)); in I Chronicles 6:36 he is called "Joel."
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