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Who composed the Book of Psalms?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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King David, the “sweet singer of Israel” compiled the book of Psalms.

Although the bulk of the Psalms was composed by King David himself, he also included therein psalms written by ten elders of preceding generations: Adam, Malki Zedek, Abraham, Moses, Heiman, Jeduthun, Asaph, and the three sons of Korach—who repented and were spared the ignominious end suffered by the remainder of their family.


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