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Meaning: convener, or collector

This was the name of 3 biblical men:

  1. a Levite; one of the leaders of David’s choir (1 Chronicles 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” (2 Chronicles 29:30).

    The “sons of Asaph,” mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25:1, 2 Chronicles 20:14, and Ezra 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 (2 Kings 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)