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Ahikam, in Hebrew אחיקם, "My brother has risen". One of the five whom, according to the Hebrew Bible Josiah sent to consult the prophetess Huldah in connection with the discovery of the book of the law.[1] He was the son of Shaphan, the royal secretary, and the father of Gedaliah, governor of Judea after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.[2]

On one occasion, in a move described by Jonathan Magonet as taking the prophet into 'protective custody',[3] he protected Jeremiah against the fury of Jehoiakim.[4][5] It was in the chamber of another son (Gemariah) of Shaphan that Baruch read Jeremiah's scroll in the hearing of all the people.


  1. ^ 2Kings 22:12-14; 2Chronicles 34:20
  2. ^ 2Kings 25:22; Jeremiah 40:5-16; Jeremiah 43:6)
  3. ^ Magonet, Jonathan (1992) Bible Lives (London, SCM), 107
  4. ^ (Jeremiah 26:24)
  5. ^ Ahicam - Catholic Encyclopedia article