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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Greek - Kish
Hebrew - Kish

(kihssh) Personal name of unknown meaning, perhaps “gift.” 1. Father of Saul (1 Samuel 9:2). A man of the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Gibeah. He is said to have been the son of Abiel (1 Samuel 9:1) and the son of Ner (1 Chronicles 8:33). Some think he was the grandson of Abiel and son of Ner. He was apparently a man of wealth, owning both asses and servants (1 Samuel 9:3). The description of Saul as being from the humblest family of the tribe of Benjamin is probably a good example of oriental modesty (1 Samuel 9:21). He was buried in Zela of Benjamin, where Saul and Jonathan were buried (2 Samuel 21:14).

2. A Benjaminite, the third son of Jeiel of Gibeon and Maacah (1 Chronicles 8:29-30; 1 Chronicles 9:35-36). 3. The second son of Mahli who belonged to the Merari family of Levites. Kish's sons married his brother's daughters (1 Chronicles 23:21-22). Kish's son, Jerahmeel, became the head of the family of Kish (1 Chronicles 24:29). 4. Son of Abdi, also of the Merari family of Levites. He assisted in cleansing the Temple during the time of Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29:12). 5. The Benjaminite ancestor of Mordecai (Esther 2:5).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'KISH'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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