Friday, November 5, 2010


The psalms have several composers, or psalmists. Based upon the titles and other references in the Old Testament and New Testament, the psalmists are as follows:
• David 73 (at least)
• Asaph 12 (Psalms 50, 73-83)
• Sons of Korah 11 (Psalms 42, 44-49, 84, 85, 87, 88)
• Solomon 2 (Psalms 72, 127)
• Moses 1 (Psalm 90)
• Ethan the Ezrahite 1 (Psalm 89)
• Heman the Ezrahite 1 (Psalm 88)
• Anonymous 49
This breakdown of psalmists should be taken with a grain of salt. While the superscription of the psalms support these designations, it must be noted that in some cases the superscriptions may actually be referring to those who arranged or performed a given psalm, or even to those for whom a particular psalm was written. The majority of the psalms appear to have been written during the times of David and Solomon. And one or more of the “Anonymous” psalms may have been written during the time of Elijah or perhaps by Elijah himself.

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