Shaphan

Shaphan (Shay´fuhn; Heb., “rock badger, coney”)

1 The head of a family of Judeans serving the court at the time of King Josiah (ca. 639–609 BCE). He was involved in relaying the “book” found in the Temple to the king, on the basis of which the Josianic reforms were shaped. His sons and grandsons continued to play roles in the life of the court at the time of the prophet Jeremiah, saving Jeremiah from the court’s desire for his death (Jer 26:24), relaying Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles in Babylon (Jer 29:3), and providing the house in which Baruch could read Jeremiah’s dictated scroll (Jer 36:10-12). 2 The grandfather of the Gedaliah in whose custody Jeremiah was placed after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylonian forces (Jer 39:14; Jer 40:5) to assure that Jeremiah was cared for properly. Some think that this Shaphan may be the same person described in 1 above. 3 The father of Jaazaniah (Ezek 8:11), whose apostasy is reviewed in Ezekiel’s vision.

Jer 26:24

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Jer 29:3

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Jer 36:10-12

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Jer 39:14

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Jer 40:5

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Ezek 8:11

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