1079 BC - 1010 BC

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Saul (; Hebrew: שָׁאוּל‎ – Šāʾūl, Greek: Σαούλ, meaning "asked for, prayed for"), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the first king of the United Kingdom of Israel (Israel and Judah). His reign, traditionally placed in the late 11th century BCE, supposedly marked a transition from a tribal society to statehood.Saul's life and reign are described primarily in the Hebrew Bible. According to the text, he was anointed by the prophet Samuel and reigned from Gibeah. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saul has received more than 2,560,687 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Saul is the 36th most popular religious figure (up from 83rd in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Palestine (up from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular Religious Figure.

Saul is most famous for being the first king of Israel.

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  • 62

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  • 12.22

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.89

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Saul ranks 36 out of 2,272Before him are Matthew the Apostle, Pope John Paul I, John the Apostle, Pope Pius XII, 14th Dalai Lama, and Isaac. After him are Ignatius of Loyola, Anthony of Padua, Pope Gregory I, Joshua, Bartholomew the Apostle, and Thomas the Apostle.

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Among people born in 1079 BC, Saul ranks 1 Among people deceased in 1010 BC, Saul ranks 1After him is Samuel.

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In Palestine

Among people born in Palestine, Saul ranks 2 out of 28Before him are David (-1010). After him are Al-Shafi‘i (767), Zechariah (-90), Elizabeth (-100), Pope Evaristus (44), Amos (-800), Zacchaeus (50), Athaliah (-900), Herod Archelaus (-23), Jehoshaphat (-908), and Justin Martyr (100).


Among religious figures born in Palestine, Saul ranks 1After him are Zechariah (-90), Elizabeth (-100), Pope Evaristus (44), Amos (-800), Jehoshaphat (-908), Justin Martyr (100), Mary of Bethany (null), and Hilarion (291).