However, Ahikam son of Shaphan protected Jeremiah, so that he was not handed over to the people for execution (Jer.
Joseph Kara suggests that the narrator relates the Jehoiakim-Uriah incident to inform the reader that Jeremiah was indeed in great peril at the beginning of Jehoiakim's reign, which explains why Ahikam urgently needed to intervene.
At the very end of chapter 26, a certain Ahikam
son of Shaphan enters in support of Jeremiah.
The dead Israelis, David Rubin, 21, and Ahikam
Amihai, 20, were on leave from military duty and returned fire, killing two Palestinians.
It is no surprise then that Ahikam, son of Shaphan, is the one who at the end of this drama is credited with guarding the life of Jeremiah.
(3.) About Ahikam, Holladay writes, "He had been old enough in 622 to serve with his father in the circle of advisors to Josiah (2 Kings 22:12, 14); it is now thirteen years later.
As further evidence that Nebuchadnezer was not a racist, we may note that he left a remnant of Judah's population behind and appointed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam
, son of Shaphan, to rule over them (Jeremiah 40:12).
Part Six, "Letters from Exile," tells the story of that pivotal period in biblical faith through a character called Ahikam
. Part Eight, "The Messiah," is the longest.
One notable case was that of Gedaliah ben Ahikam
. After conquering Judea and Jerusalem, destroying the First Temple, and exiling many of the Jews in 586 BCE, the king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah to be governor of Judah.
Four years after the destruction of the First Temple (586 BCE), another tragic event occurred with the assassination in Mizpah of Gedaliah son of Ahikam
by Ishmael son of Nethaniah (Jer.
Chapters 40-41 of Jeremiah tell the story of Gedaliah son of Ahikam
, appointed by the king of Babylon as governor of those Judeans who had not been exiled.
The fact that, after the trial, Ahikam
ben Shaphan had to use his influence to keep Jeremiah from being handed over and executed by the people (Jer.