Asaph in Easton's Bible Dictionary
convener, or collector. (1.) A Levite; one of the leaders of
David's choir (1 Chr. 6:39). Psalms 50 and 73-83
attributed to him. He is mentioned along with David as
in music, and a "seer" (2 Chr. 29:30). The "sons of
mentioned in 1 Chr. 25:1, 2 Chr. 20:14, and Ezra 2:41,
descendants, or more probably a class of poets or
recognized him as their master.
(2.) The "recorder" in the time of Hezekiah (2 Kings
(3.) The "keeper of the king's forest," to whom
requested from Artaxerxes a "letter" that he might
timber for the temple at Jerusalem (Neh. 2:8).
Asaph in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. A Levite, son of Berachiah; one of David's choir
leaders (1 Chronicles 6:39). An inspired seer, as well as a
composer of music (2 Chronicles 29:30; Nehemiah 12:46). "The
sons of Asaph" were poets and musical composers of the school
founded by him; as Heman and Jeduthun also were heads of
schools of sacred inspired music. 1 Chronicles 25:1; 2
Chronicles 20:14; Ezra 2:41; Psalm 50; 73; 83, are all
attributed to his authorship; but 83, celebrates the victory
of Jehoshaphat long after Asaph's time, therefore "Asaph" in
this psalm's title must mean "one of the school of Asaph."
2. 2 Kings 18:18; 2 Kings 18:37.
3. Nehemiah 2:8.
4. Nehemiah 11:17.
Asaph in Hitchcock's Bible Names
who gathers together
Asaph in Naves Topical Bible
1. Father of Joah
2Ki 18:18; Isa 36:3,22
-2. Son of Berachiah. One of the three leaders of music in
David's organization of the tabernacle service
1Ch 15:16-19; 16:5-7; 25:1-9; 2Ch 5:12; 35:15; Ne
Apointed to sound the cymbals in the temple choir
1Ch 15:17,19; 16:5,7
A composer of sacred lyrics
See titles of
Ps 50; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 80; 81; 82; 83
Descendants of, in the temple choir
1Ch 25:1-9; 2Ch 20:14; 29:13; Ezr 2:41; 3:10; Ne
-3. A Levite, whose descendants lived in Jerusalem after the
-4. A Kohath Levite
-5. Keeper of forests
Asaph in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(collector of the people).
1. A Levite, son of Berechiah, one of the leaders of
David's choir. 1Ch 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. 2Ch 29:30; Ne 12:46 (B.C. 1050.)
2. The father or ancestor of Joah, the chronicler to
the kingdom of Judah in the reign of Hezekiah, 2Ki 18:18,37;
Isa 36:3,22 probably the same as the preceding.
3. The keeper of the royal forest or "paradise" of
Artaxerxes, Ne 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. 1Ch 9:16; Ne 11:17 Most
probably the same as 1 and 2.
Asaph in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a'-saf ('acaph): Is the name of three men in the Old
Testament, of whom one is the reputed author of Psalms 50 and
73 through 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 Ch 15:16-
19). He conducted with cymbals the music performed in the tent
where the ark was housed (1 Ch 16:4,5,7,37), while his two
coadjutors discharged the same office at Gibeon (1 Ch
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
Ch 5:12). A., H., and J. were called the king's seers (1 Ch
25; 2 Ch 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.
See MUSIC; PSALMS.
Asaph in Wikipedia
also refers to four men from the Old Testament:
Asaph, the father of Joah (2 Kings 18:18, 37)
Asaph, son of Berachiah the Gershonite (2 Chronicles 20:14)
Asaph, a Levite descendant of Kohath (1 Chr. 26:1)
Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest under the Persian king
Artaxerxes I Longimanus (Nehemiah 2:8)
(The Asaph mentioned in the Old Teastament is the same man,
known by different titles. Just as one can see that
Melchisedec is an order of priests as opposed to one man or
Herod being a title for a king, Asaph is the opposite--he was
known by different titles because he had different
responsibilities. He wrote Psalm 77 and has been identified as
David's chief musician also.)
Asaph Scripture - Ezra 3:10
And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the
LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and
the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the
LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
Asaph Scripture - Nehemiah 2:8
And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that
he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the
palace which [appertained] to the house, and for the wall of
the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the
king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
Asaph Scripture - Psalms 75:1
Asaph.> Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, [unto thee] do we
give thanks: for [that] thy name is near thy wondrous works