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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Asaph

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A'saph. (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; 2 Kings 18:37; Isaiah 36:3; Isaiah 36:22, probably the same as Asaph, 1.

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 Asaph, 1 and 2.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Asaph'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/a/asaph.html. 1901.

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