portion of Jehovah. (1.) 1 Chr. 6:54. (2.) 1 Chr. 26:11. (3.) The father of Eliakim (2 Kings 18:18, 26, 37). (4.) The father of Gemariah (Jer. 29:3). (5.) The father of the prophet Jeremiah (1:1). (6.) The high priest in the reign of Josiah (1 Chr. 6:13; Ezra 7:1). To him and his deputy (2 Kings 23:5), along with the ordinary priests and the Levites who had charge of the gates, was entrusted the purification of the temple in Jerusalem. While this was in progress, he discovered in some hidden corner of the building a book called the "book of the law" (2 Kings 22:8) and the "book of the covenant" (23:2). Some have supposed that this "book" was nothing else than the original autograph copy of the Pentateuch written by Moses (Deut. 31:9-26). This remarkable discovery occurred in the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign (B.C. 624), a discovery which permanently affected the whole subsequent history of Israel. (See JOSIAH ØT0002116; SHAPHAN.) (7.) Neh. 12:7. (8.) Neh. 8:4.
Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, hilkiah the priest hath given me a book.
Two scribes, readers and keepers of the Law, with hilkiah when the roll was found.
The original writings discovered by hilkiah, were retrenched, added to, and the order of the events displaced.
It is Jeremiah, the son of hilkiah, of the priests in Anathoth.
But why should hilkiah have meant one thing and said another?
The names hilkiah and Shallum are too common to justify any conclusions from such data.
The hilkiah named as his father was not the high priest of that name, so famous in connexion with the reformation of king Josiah.
This was the date when hilkiah found the book of the law in the eighteenth year of King Josiah.
Eliakim, the son of hilkiah, follows Shebna, the son of Nobody.
While these repairs were going on, hilkiah, the high priest, made a great discovery.