Introduction to the book of Zechariah



Zechariah was a common name in the Old Testament, meaning “Jehovah remembers.” The prophet was the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, and according to the genealogy recorded in Nehemiah 12, was born into the priestly line. That Ezra 5:1 and Neh. 12:16 identify Zechariah as the son of Iddo is no contradiction, just a Hebrew way of saying he was a descendant of Iddo, who was more prominent as one of the priests who returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel. Zechariah would have been a young man when he began his prophetic ministry in contrast to Haggai, his much older prophetic colleague. Although his death is not recorded in the Old Testament, Jesus said that he was martyred at the temple (Matt. 23:35), under much the same circumstances as the martyrdom of an earlier Zechariah (2 Chron. 24:20-21).

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ByJustus Musinguzi

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