Black Psalmody Database
Choral Settings of the Psalms by Black Composers
About the Psalter
The Psalter is the first book of the final section of the Tanakh, or the Torah-Hebrew Bible. It is also the longest book of the Christian Bible with 150 Chapters. The word "Psalm" comes from the Greek work psalmoi which means "songs sung to a harp or instrument." Psalms were typically sung by an individual or a group and was accompanied by an instrument.
Types of Psalms
Psalms of Thanksgiving
King David authored 73 psalms. There are approximately 76 additional psalms attributed to him but its authorship cannot be confirmed.
Asaph authored a dozen psalms.
The Korahites authored 11 and have 12 attributed to them.
King Solomon authored Psalm 90.
Two are authored by the Ezrahites:
Psalm 88 (Herman) and Psalm 89 (Ethan).
The rest of the psalms have no author or attributor.
The Psalms are divided into five books:
Book One: Psalms 1-41
Book Two: Psalms 42-72
Book Three: Psalms 73-89
Book Four: Psalms 90-106
Book Five: Psalms 107-150