Is Asaph ben Berechiah the person mentioned in 1 Chronicles 16?

What else do we know about him?

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Asaph ben Berechiah (11th-10th cent BCE) Israelite musician. He was one of the Levites appointed by David to supervise music in the Sanctuary. Psalms 50 and 73-83 are attributed to him. The sons of Asaph were singers in the Temple during the reign of the kings of Judah (10th-6th cent, BCE) and at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.



To your first question, yes, the Asaf mentioned in 1 Chronicles 16 is Asaf ben Berachiah.

To your second question:

Asaf was a prophet (see also here) and the head of the meshorerim from the Levite branch of Gershon during the time of King David. When comparing the number of generations of ancestors of the three heads of the meshorerim (Asaf, Heiman and Yedutun/Eitan) - based on the assumption that each name represents one generation - it seems that Asaf was the oldest of the three. Asaf's descendants continued serving both in the First Temple and in the Second. Asaf composed several chapters of Psalms: 50, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82 and 83.

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