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The Psalms of the “Sons of Korah”
Two collections of psalms mention the sons of Korah: Pss 42–49; 84, 85, 87, 88. These collections are part of what is commonly referred to as the Elohistic Psalter (Pss 42–83), which is identified by the more frequent use of name Elohim (“God”; אלהים, 'lhym) over the divine name Yahweh (יהוה, yhwh). The psalms associated with the sons of Korah focus on Yahweh’s presence in Zion (e.g., Pss 46:2–8; 48:1–4), conceptualizing Zion as a fortress and place of refuge. According to Miller, the psalms may reflect that the Korahites were not associated with the Jerusalem temple, but recurring pilgrims to it (Miller, “Korahites,” 58–68). Goulder argues these psalms were originally set in the northern celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles and were brought to Jerusalem and reworked after the fall of the northern kingdom (Goulder, Psalms of the Sons of Korah, 239–52). In contrast, Mitchell suggests these psalms reflect a theme of redemption from Sheol, spurred by the contrast between the narrative in Num 16–17 and Num 26. Mitchell argues that these psalms indicate that the Korahites had a memory of having escaped from death (Mitchell, “God Will Redeem,” 365–84).