Origins of Psalms
Questions to consider: What is the role of the Levites in these passages? What is the role of song and prayer in these passages? What do you know about when these passages date from?
Questions to consider: Were all the Psalms written by David? Is the book of Psalms one book or five? Does the last book of Psalms have special characteristics? What are they?
Questions to consider: These passages present some traditional views of the origin of the Psalms. What is the status of holiness of the Psalms according to the passage from Midrash Tehillim? Who wrote the Psalms according to the passage from Baba Batra? How does Rashis commentary on this passage expand or contract our view of the Psalms authorship? Why were the Psalms written according to the passage from Pesachim?
Melodies For Psalms
Psalm 114 melody by Randall
Psalm 115 melody by Nance
Psalm 117 melody by Randall.
Psalm 118 melody by Randall
Setting of Libi BaMizrach by Jalda (Video Below)