When did David Hamelech write Tehillim? Or to be more technical, when did David write his first Tehillim and when did he write his last? Also was there a certain period of time within which he wrote a lot of the Tehillim?

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David HaMelech wasn't the sole author of psalms — the earliest mention of someone reciting psalms is found in bava batra 14b (on the bottom); which says that king David compiled psalms from a number of people from as early back as Adam harishon.


To answer one part of your question:

King David wrote his last psalm (Psalm 72) close to his death, when he appointed King Shlomo as his successor. See Metzudot David and Rashi on 72:20.

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