Zechariah

A common name in the Bible (Zacharias in AV).
1) The son of Jehoiada, stoned by the populace (2 Chron. 24:20–3) and probably referred to in Matt. 23:35.
2) The Minor Prophet after the Exile (Zech. 1:1–7).
3) The father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5) to whom an angel [[➝ angels]] appeared to announce the forthcoming birth to his wife Elizabeth. When he asked for a confirmatory sign he was struck dumb—until the child was born, when he then blessed God and spoke of the hope for a Messiah for whom John would prepare the way (Luke 1:76).
4) Son of Baris, murdered by Zealots shortly before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE according to Josephus [[➝ Josephus, Flavius]].
Matt. 23:35 is mistaken in regarding Zechariah (
1), above) as ‘son of Barachiah’: possibly this was an attempt to harmonize the reference with Zech. 1:1 or even also with Isa. 8:2.
Zechariah (
4), above) would have been an anachronism on the lips of Jesus, but it is not impossible that recollection of this recent case of innocently shed blood was an influence on Matt.

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  • Zechariah — 1 Zechariah 2 Zechariah 3 Zechariah 4 Zechariah 5 Zechariah 6 Zechariah 7 Zechariah 8 Zechariah 9 Zechariah 10 Zechariah 11 Zechariah 12 …   The King James version of the Bible

  • ZECHARIAH — (Heb. זְכַרְיָה; YHWH has remembered ; end of ninth century B.C.E.), the priest, son of Jehoiada. According to II Chronicles 24:20–22, Zechariah admonished the people   in the courtyard of the Temple. They plotted against him and stoned him at… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ZECHARIAH — ZECHARIAH, son of Jeberechiah, one of the two faithful witnesses to isaiah s prophecy when he wrote on a sheet to maher shalal ḥash baz and named his newborn son Maher Shalal Hash Baz ( Plunder hastens, booty speeds ), as a sign that before the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ZECHARIAH — ZECHARIAH, king of Israel, son of Jeroboam II. Zechariah succeeded to the throne after his father s death in 743 B.C.E. He was assassinated six months later by shallum of Jabesh, who seized the throne for about one month (II Kings 15:8–13). It is …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Zechariah — m Biblical: name (meaning ‘God has remembered’ in Hebrew) of several figures in the Bible, most notably one of the twelve ‘minor’ prophets, author of the book that bears his name. It was also the name of an earlier prophet, who was stoned by the… …   First names dictionary

  • Zechariah — masc. proper name, Biblical 11th of the Twelve Prophets; see ZACHARIAH (Cf. Zachariah) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Zechariah — [zek΄ə rī′ə] n. 1. a masculine name: see ZACHARIAH 2. Bible a) a Hebrew prophet of the 6th cent. B.C. who urged the rebuilding of the Temple b) the book of his prophecies: abbrev. Zech or Zec …   English World dictionary

  • Zechariah — Zachary, Zachariah, St. Zacharias and various other spellings of the name redirect here.Zechariah (or its many variant forms and spellings) may refer to:People*main|Zechariah (given name) *main|Zacharias (surname);Prophets, saints and popes… …   Wikipedia

  • Zechariah — /zek euh ruy euh/, n. 1. a Minor Prophet of the 6th century B.C. 2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbr.: Zech. * * * flourished 6th century BC One of the 12 Minor Prophets of the Hebrew scriptures, whose prophecies are recorded in the… …   Universalium

  • Zechariah 1 — 1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers. 3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus …   The King James version of the Bible

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