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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia


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The father of Saul, the first king of Israel (1 Samuel 9:3, 12:21, 14:51; 1 Chronicles 9:39, 12:1, 26:28). He was a wealthy and powerful Benjamite, the son of Ner (1 Chronicles 8:33, 9:39) and the grandson (1 Samuel 9:1 reads "son") of Abiel. The home of Kish and of his family was at Gibeah, according to 1 Samuel 10:5,10 (rendered "the hill of God" and "the hill" in the English versions), but according to 2 Samuel 21:14, at Zelah, where the bones of Saul and Jonathan were buried "in the sepulcher of Kish." The text is no doubt corrupt. The only incident mentioned respecting Kish is that he sent Saul in search of some of his asses (1 Samuel 9:3). In the New Testament (Acts 13:21) Kish is called "Cis."

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Kish'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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