Chel'cias (Χελκίας, i.e. Hilkiah), the name of three or four men.
1. Thz father of Asadiah and ancestor of Baruch (q.v.), (Bar. 1:1). B.C. considerably ante 605.
2. A priest, son of Salom (Shallum), and father of Joachim (Bar. 1:7); evidently the HILKIAH SEE HILKIAH (q.v.) of the Old Test. (1Ch 6:13).
3. The father of Susanna (Sus. 2, 29, 63). B.C. post 588. He was perhaps identical with the Hilkiah of Ne 12:7, or of Ne 8:4. Tradition, however (Hippol. in Susann. 1:689, ed. Migne), represents him as identical with the father of Jeremiah (Jer 1:1), and also with the priest who found the copy of the law in the time of Josiah (2Ki 22:8).
4. One of the two Alexandrian Jewish generals of Cleopatra in her contest with her son Ptolemy Lathyrus, in which campaign he died in Coele-Syria (Josephus, Ant. 13:10, 4; 13, 1).