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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

The Psalms

THEME

The prayers of the faithful

SETTING

From 10th century BCE In the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem.

KEY FIGURES

David The second king of Israel and Judah in the 10th and 9th century BCE. An enthusiastic sponsor of singers and musicians, he was known as the “hero of Israel’s songs” (2 Samuel 23:1).

Asaph A Levite, appointed by David as one of the chief musicians before the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem. Thought to have founded a school or guild of temple singers and musicians, known as the “sons of Asaph.”

The Book of Psalms as we know it probably dates from the 6th century BCE, after the Jews returned ...

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