🔼The name Asaph in the Bible
There are four men named Asaph in the Bible, but the most famous Asaph is the author of twelve canonized Psalms (Psalm 50 and 73 to 80). This Asaph, son of Berechiah, is a Levite from the Gershon family and a choir leader during the reigns of kings David and Solomon (1 Chronicles 15:17).
During the reign of king Hezekiah, Asaph's predicate was raised to seer (2 Chronicles 29:30). A hundred and twenty-eight singing descendants of Asaph return from Babylon with Ezra the reformer (Ezra 2:41), and perform during the dedication of the new temple's foundation (Ezra 3:10).
Less known Asaphs are:
- The father of Joah, king Hezekiah's administrator (2 Kings 18:18).
- A Levite of the Korah branch, assigned to be gatekeeper during the reigns of David and Solomon (1 Chronicles 26:1).
- King Artaxerxes' chief forester (Nehemiah 2:8).
🔼Etymology of the name Asaph
The name Asaph is a direct derivative of the verb אסף (asap), meaning to gather or collect:
For a meaning of the name Asaph, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Collector. BDB Theological Dictionary has Gatherer.