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Levite musician and author of some of the Psalms
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1 Chronicles 16:7, 1 Chronicles 6:39
Psalms 50, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83

ASAPH [Easton's Bible Dictionary]

Convener, or collector.
  • A Levite; one of the leaders of David's choir (1 Chronicles 6:39). Psalms 50 and 73-83 inclusive are attributed to him. He is mentioned along with David as skilled in music, and a "seer" (2 Chronicles 29:30). The "sons of Asaph," mentioned in 1 Chronicles 20:14, and Ezra 2:41, were his descendants, or more probably a class of poets or singers who recognized him as their master.

  • The "recorder" in the time of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:18,37).

  • The "keeper of the king's forest," to whom Nehemiah requested from Artaxerxes a "letter" that he might give him timber for the temple at Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:8).

  • ASAPH [Smith's Bible Dictionary]

    (collector of the people ).

    1. A Levite, son of Berechiah, one of the leaders of David's choir. (1 Chronicles 6:39) Psalms 50 and 73-83 are attributed to him; and he was in after times celebrated as a seer as well as a musical composer. (2 Chronicles 29:30; Nehemiah 12:46) (B.C. 1050.)

    2. The father or ancestor of Joah, the chronicler to the kingdom of Judah in the reign of Hezekiah, (2 Kings 18:18,37; Isaiah 36:3,22) probably the same as the preceding.

    3. The keeper of the royal forest or "paradise" of Artaxerxes, (Nehemiah 2:8) a Jew, in high office at the court of Persia. (B.C. 536.)

    4. Ancestor of Mattaniah, the conductor of the temple-choir after the return from Babylon. (1 Chronicles 9:16; Nehemiah 11:17) Most probably the same as 1 and 2.

    ASAPH [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

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    Is the name of three men in the Old Testament, of whom one is the reputed author of Psalms 50 and Psalms 73 through Psalms 83. He was one of David's three chief musicians, the other two being Heman, and Ethan or Jeduthun, and we first hear of him when the ark was taken to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 15:16-19). He conducted with cymbals the music performed in the tent where the ark was housed (1 Chronicles 16:4-5,7,37), while his two coadjutors discharged the same office at Gibeon (1 Chronicles 16:41-42).

    In 1 Ch 25:1 ff we are told that four of his sons were appointed to conduct under him detachments of the great chorus, the families of Heman and Jeduthun also furnishing leaders, and all took part at the dedication of the temple (2 Chronicles 5:12). A., H., and J. were called the king's seers (1 Chronicles 25; 2 Chronicles 35:15), no doubt an official title of rank or dignity.

    The "Sons of Asaph" are mentioned in later times. They formed a guild, and played a prominent part at each revival of the national religion.


    James Millar

    ASAPH [Thompson Chain Reference]
        * (the musician)
        * 1 Chronicles 15:17
        * 1 Chronicles 16:5
        * 1 Chronicles 25:1
        * Nehemiah 12:46 

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