Discovery of the book of the law (2 Kings 22:8-22:10)

“The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary. ‘I have found the book of the law in the house of Yahweh.’ When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he read it. Then Shaphan the secretary came to the king. He reported to the king. ‘Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house. They have delivered it into the hand of the workers who have the oversight of the house of Yahweh.’ Shaphan the secretary informed the king. ‘The priest Hilkiah has given me a book.’ Shaphan then read it aloud to the king.”

When Shaphan was talking with the priest Hilkiah about the money for repairing the temple, Hilkiah told him that he found this book of the law in the temple. Then when Shaphan reported back to the king about the money being spent on the temple, he told the king that he had gotten this book from Hilkiah. He then read the book to the king, which was probably the first edition of Deuteronomy. This book was really a scroll. In fact, this may be the beginning of biblical literature, perhaps even written at this time. Writing itself was not common. Remember that all books or scrolls were hand written, since this proceeds the time of the printing press or computers by about 2,000 to 2,500 years.

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