Heman the Ezrahite

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Heman the Ezrahite is the author of Psalm 88 in the Hebrew Bible, according to the Psalm's title. 'Heman' is a Jewish name (Hebrew: הימן) meaning 'Faithful'. It is found sixteen times in the New International Version of the Bible.[1] Heman the Ezrahite may be one of the three Levites assigned by King David to be ministers of music. This Heman was a grandson of Samuel the prophet[2] who went on to become King David's seer, and to have fourteen sons and three daughters.[3]


Psalm 88 seems to have been written in a state of despair. According to Martin Marty, a professor of church history at the University of Chicago, Psalm 88 is “a wintry landscape of unrelieved bleakness.”

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