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Meaning: convener, or collector.

  1. A Levite; one of the leaders of David's choir (1Chr 6:39). Psalms 50 and 73-83 inclusive are attributed to him. He is mentioned along with David as skilled in music, and a "seer" (2Chr 29:30). The "sons of Asaph," mentioned in 1Chr 25:1, 2Chr 20:14, and Ez 2:41, were his descendants, or more probably a class of poets or singers who recognized him as their master.
  2. The "recorder" in the time of Hezekiah (2Kg 18:18, 37).
  3. The "keeper of the king's forest," to whom Nehemiah requested from Artaxerxes a "letter" that he might give him timber for the temple at Jerusalem (Neh 2:8).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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