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Zechariah, persons in the Bible
Zechariah (zĕkˌərīˈə), in the Bible. 1 Prophet and author of the book of Zechariah. 2 Prophet who, with the connivance of King Jehoash, was stoned to death for his public rebuke of idolatry. In the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke it is apparently this martyred Zechariah (NT Zacharias) to whom Jesus referred. See also Berechiah (7.) 3 Prophet in the reign of Uzziah. 4 King, the same as Zachariah (1.) 5 Maternal grandfather of King Hezekiah. Zacharias, Zachariah, and Zachary are forms of the name Zechariah.
Zechariah, book of the Bible
Zechariah (zĕkˌərīˈə), prophetic book of the Bible, which dates from 520 B.C.–518 B.C. at Jerusalem. The prophet was associated with Haggai in a movement to restore the Temple. The book, after an introduction, proceeds with eight visions, prophetic of the restitution of Israel, and a symbolic crowning of the high priest. An address follows on the observance of the commandments and the rewards for doing so. The remainder of Zechariah, very different in tone, consists of prophecies concerning trouble and threat from invading armies and the eventual redemption of Jerusalem. Scholars date this section to a later period (4th or 3d cent. B.C.).
See studies by F. A. Tafford (1971), J. Baldwin (1972), and C. and M. Myers (1987).
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