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

24But the hand of Ahikam son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over into the hands of the people to be put to death.

Jer 29:3

3The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Bab ... View more

Jer 36:10-12

10Then, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read the words of Jeremiah from the scroll, in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah son of Shaphan ... View more

Jer 39:14

14and took Jeremiah from the court of the guard. They entrusted him to Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan to be brought home. So he stayed with his own peopl ... View more

Jer 40:5

5If you remain, then return to Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon appointed governor of the towns of Judah, and stay with him among ... View more

Ezek 8:11

11Before them stood seventy of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and the fr ... View more

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