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Sefer Tehillim… The Book of Psalms

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Next to the Book of Job my favorite of the 24 books in the Hebrew bible is the Book of Psalms. Containing 150 poems it has always been attributed to King David and is usually referred to as the Psalms of David.

However, psalm 72 , attributed to Solomon, clearly states in verse 20 “kulo tfilot David ben Yishai”, the prayers of David, son of Jesse, are ended, and continues in psalm 73 with “a song of Asaph”.

An orthodox rabbinical scholar, M. Friedlander, had written “Although we generally speak of the Psalms of David, only a portion of them was composed by King David… 1 was ascribed to Moses, 2 to King Solomon, 12 to Asaph, 1 to Heman, 1 to Ethan, and some have no author mentioned in the heading.”

The Talmud recognized that the Book of Psalms was a collection of multiple authorship. Yet for all of its authors, the themes were similar. As one biblical scholar has well-said “throughout history, the Psalms have been rivers of refreshment and wells of consolation. They alone have known no limitations to a particular age, country, or form of faith” (Prothero) and have been a treasury of comfort to all in need.

The Psalms teach us how to live our lives ethically and they denounce all........

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