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Shual

SHUAL (shū'al, Heb. shû‘āl, fox)

One of the eleven sons of Zophah from the tribe of Asher (1Chr.7.36).1Sam.13.17 refers to the “Land of Shual.” It is named as one of the places invaded by one of the marauding tribes of Philistines. It probably lies a few miles NE of Bethel.


SHUAL shōō’ əl (שׁוּעָ֖ל, fox). 1. One of the sons of Zophah of the tribe of Asher (1 Chron 7:36).

2. A region in the vicinity of Ophrah, to which one of three detachments of Philistines went while encamped at Michmash (1 Sam 13:17). The three-pronged maneuver was part of the retaliation of the Philistines for Jonathan’s attack on their outpost at Geba. Two of the detachments went W and E, while the third headed N in the direction of Ophrah. Since the land of Shual lay in the direction of Ophrah, it was evidently a region N of Michmash. Shual (“fox”) may be identified with Shaalim (“foxes”), the country through which Saul passed in seeking the lost asses of his father Kish (1 Sam 9:4).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

An Asherite (1Ch 7:36).