King Saul
King in the Bible
(around 1050 - 1000 B.C.)

Saul and David
(Rembrandt, approx. 1630)

King Saul

Museo alemán de epilepsia en Kork

"Choli nophel" (falling sickness), was the ancient Hebrew term for epilepsy; "nophel" (present participle of the Hebrew verb "naphal": to fall), "the falling person", was a popular term in ancient Hebrew for someone with epilepsy.

The first book of Samuel mentions Saul's uncontrolled violent behaviour several times. In Chapter 10, it is written: "And the spirit of God came mightily upon him, and he prophesied among them." (1 Samuel, 10:10).