Who is Asaph?

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Who is Asaph?

There are 3 men by this name in the bible. In this lesson we will talk about the musician. Asaph was one of David's musicians, a Levite, the son of Berechiah. He was also an inspired seer, as well as a composer of music. His sons were poets and musical composers. Asaph founded a school of music (like Heman and Jeduthun). He is mentioned in several psalms ( 50 and 73 through 83). He conducted the music in the tent when the ark was taken to Jerusalem. We read in about the “sons of Asaph” later on in Chronicles 25 which were probably as poets or maybe singers who so him as their master.

Sigal Zohar - Biblical Hebrew teacher

Sigal Zohar, M.A.

A Hebrew language, Literature and Creative Writing teacher with 19 years of experience in these fields, Sigal has a master's degree in literature from Haifa University. Sigal holds a teacher's certificate for teaching Hebrew from the Ministry of...

 

1 Chronicles 16:4
וַיִּתֵּ֞ן לִפְנֵ֙י אֲר֧וֹן יְהוָ֛ה מִן־הַלְוִיִּ֖ם מְשָׁרְתִ֑ים וּלְהַזְכִּיר֙ וּלְהוֹד֣וֹת וּלְהַלֵּ֔ל לַיהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ 
 
1 Chronicles 16:4 wayyiTTën lip•nê ´árôn yhwh(´ädönäy) min-halüwiyyìm müšär•tîm ûlühaz•Kîr ûlühôdôt ûlühallël lyhwh(la´dönäy) ´élöhê yiS•rä´ël 
 
1 Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
 
(1Ch 15:15-19)
15 וַיִּשְׂא֣וּ בְנֵֽי־הַלְוִיִּ֗ם אֵ֚ת אֲר֣וֹן הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים …
17 וַיַּעֲמִ֣ידוּ הַלְוִיִּ֗ם אֵ֚ת הֵימָ֣ן בֶּן־יוֹאֵ֔ל וּמִ֙ן־אֶחָ֔יו אָסָ֖ף בֶּן־בֶּֽרֶכְיָ֑הוּ …
19 וְהַמְשֹׁ֣רְרִ֔ים הֵימָ֥ן אָסָ֖ף וְאֵיתָ֑ן בִּמְצִלְתַּ֥יִם נְחֹ֖שֶׁת לְהַשְׁמִֽיעַ׃
 
15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders …
17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah;
19 So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass; 
 
1 Chronicles 25:1 וַיַּבְדֵּ֣ל דָּוִיד֩ וְשָׂרֵ֙י הַצָּבָ֜א לַעֲבֹדָ֗ה לִבְנֵ֤י אָסָף֙ וְהֵימָ֣ן וִֽידוּת֔וּן )הַנְּבִּיאִים
[הַֽנִּבְּאִ֛ים[ בְּכִנֹּר֥וֹת בִּנְבָלִ֖ים וּבִמְצִלְתָּ֑יִם וַֽיְהִי֙ מִסְפָּרָ֔ם אַנְשֵׁ֥י מְלָאכָ֖ה לַעֲבֹדָתָֽם׃
 
1 Chronicles 25:1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:
 
1 Chronicles 25:1 wayyab•Dël Däwîd wüSärê haccäbä´ la`ábödâ lib•nê ´äsäp wühêmän wî|dûtûn (hannüBî´îm) [ha|nniBBü´îm] Bükinnörôt Bin•bälîm ûbim•cil•Täºyim wa|yühî mis•Päräm ´an•šê mülä´kâ la`ábödätäm

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