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The Book of Psalms
The Book of Psalms, commonly referred to simply as Psalms or "the Psalms", is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third section of the Hebrew Bible. The title is derived from the Greek translation, psalmoi, meaning "instrumental music" and, by extension, "the words accompanying the music." The book is an anthology of individual psalms, with 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian tradition and more in the Eastern Christian churches. Many of the psalms are linked to the name of King David, although his authorship is not generally accepted by modern Bible scholars.
The Book of Psalms is divided into five sections, each closing with a doxology (i.e., a benediction) these divisions were probably introduced by the final editors to imitate the five-fold division of the Torah: Book 1 (Psalms 1-41) Book 2 (Psalms 42-72) Book 3 (Psalms 73-89) Book 4 (Psalms 90-106) Book 5 (Psalms 107-150)
Many psalms (116 of the 150) have individual superscriptions (titles), ranging from lengthy comments to a single word. Over a third appear to be musical directions, addressed to the "leader" or "choirmaster," including such statements as "with stringed instruments" and "according to lilies." Others appear to be references to types of musical composition, such as "A psalm" and "Song," or directions regarding the occasion for using the psalm ("On the dedication of the temple," "For the memorial offering," etc.). Many superscriptions carry the names of individuals, the most common (73 psalms) being of David, and thirteen of these relate explicitly to incidents in the king's life. Others named include Asaph , the Sons of Korah and Solomon. The most natural way of understanding these attributions is as a claim to authorship, but it could also mean "to David" or "for David". J. W. Rogerson and J. W. McKay, writing in the Cambridge Bible Commentary, suggest that the three main interpretations of the attribution are (a) Davidic authorship, (b) "belonging to the Davidic collection", and (c) a misguided claim to Davidic authorship added by a later editor. Rogerson and McKay conclude that "there is probably some truth in all three of these views." Geoffrey Grogan notes that "many scholars now accept that some psalms may be by David, but others deny this." Numbering(Ref Wikipedia)

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