The Book of Psalms
Introduction to Psalms
The Book of Psalms is really five books combined, with the final psalm of each book closing with a doxology, a word of
praise to God. They were Israel’s hymnal with a strong theological content.
Hebrew poetry differs from ours in that we know poetry as primarily having rhyme and rhythm, whereas Hebrew poetry
has a parallelism of ideas, sometimes comparative, sometimes contrasting and sometimes completing the idea of the
Nearly half the psalms were written by David, with another twelve written by Asaph, the Head of David’s choir, twelve
for the sons of Korah, just two by Solomon, one each by Heman and Ethan the Ezrahites, and one by Moses. Forty eight
psalms are anonymous.