"My portion is Yah." The high priest in the reign of Josiah.1 To him and his deputy,2 along with the ordinary priests and the Levites who had charge of the gates, was entrusted the purification of the temple in Jerusalem. While this was in progress, he discovered in some hidden corner of the building a book called the "book of the law"3 and the "book of the covenant."4

The book Hilkiah "found" was probably the Book of Deuteronomy. This discovery occurred in the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign (622 BCE).



  1. 1 Chr. 6:13; Ezra 7:1.
  2. 2 Kings 23:5.
  3. 2 Kings 22:8.
  4. 23:2.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.