Interesting People From the Bible: Who Was Asaph?

SamSword

Asaph, the Biblical Worship LeaderAs a musician, over the past couple of years I have taken a keen interest on David and the Psalms. Did you know that all of the people involved in music in the courts and service of King David were from the tribe of Levi? This includes the chief musician under the king, Asaph.

You might recognize the name. He is recorded in many of the middle books of the Psalms as leading the choir. You might not have known that Asaphites is a common term in defining the temple singers, too. That Asaph actually wrote the psalms is under dispute, though. Because some Bible translations introduce the psalms, Psalm 73-83 for example, as “for Asaph” and other say “of Aspah” or a “testimony to Asaph”. The scholars leave it that this Levite either wrote or transcribed these psalms.

It is of much interest to take a closer look into…

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