Zechariah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Jehovah is renowned or remembered. (1.) A prophet of Judah,
eleventh of the twelve minor prophets. Like Ezekiel,
he was of
priestly extraction. He describes himself (1:1) as
"the son of
Berechiah." In Ezra 5:1 and 6:14 he is called "the
son of Iddo,"
who was properly his grandfather. His prophetical
in the second year of Darius (B.C. 520), about
after the return of the first company from exile. He
contemporary with Haggai (Ezra 5:1).
His book consists of two distinct parts, (1)
chapters 1 to 8,
inclusive, and (2) 9 to the end. It begins with a
(1:1-6), which recalls the nation's past history,
purpose of presenting a solemn warning to the
generation. Then follows a series of eight visions
succeeding one another in one night, which may be
regarded as a
symbolical history of Israel, intended to furnish
the returned exiles and stir up hope in their minds.
symbolical action, the crowning of Joshua (6:9-15),
how the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of
Chapters 7 and 8, delivered two years later, are an
the question whether the days of mourning for the
the city should be any longer kept, and an
to the people, assuring them of God's presence and
The second part of the book (ch. 9-14) bears no
date. It is
probable that a considerable interval separates it
first part. It consists of two burdens.
The first burden (ch. 9-11) gives an outline of the
God's providential dealings with his people down to
the time of
The second burden (ch. 12-14) points out the glories
await Israel in "the latter day", the final conflict
of God's kingdom.
(2.) The son or grandson of Jehoiada, the high
priest in the
times of Ahaziah and Joash. After the death of
boldly condemned both the king and the people for
rebellion against God (2 Chr. 24:20), which so
stirred up their
resentment against him that at the king's
stoned him with stones, and he died "in the court of
of the Lord" (24:21). Christ alludes to this deed of
Matt. 23:35, Luke 11:51. (See ZACHARIAS -T0003862
(3.) A prophet, who had "understanding in the seeing
in the time of Uzziah, who was much indebted to him
for his wise
counsel (2 Chr. 26:5).
Besides these, there is a large number of persons
Scripture bearing this name of whom nothing is
(4.) One of the chiefs of the tribe of Reuben (1
(5.) One of the porters of the tabernacle (1 Chr.
(6.) 1 Chr. 9:37.
(7.) A Levite who assisted at the bringing up of the
the house of Obededom (1 Chr. 15:20-24).
(8.) A Kohathite Levite (1 Chr. 24:25).
(9.) A Merarite Levite (1 Chr. 27:21).
(10.) The father of Iddo (1 Chr. 27:21).
(11.) One who assisted in teaching the law to the
the time of Jehoshaphat (2 Chr. 17:7).
(12.) A Levite of the sons of Asaph (2 Chr. 20:14).
(13.) One of Jehoshaphat's sons (2 Chr. 21:2).
(14.) The father of Abijah, who was the mother of
(15.) One of the sons of Asaph (2 Chr. 29:13).
(16.) One of the "rulers of the house of God" (2
(17.) A chief of the people in the time of Ezra, who
him about the return from captivity (Ezra 8:16);
same as mentioned in Neh. 8:4,
(18.) Neh. 11:12.
(19.) Neh. 12:16.
(20.) Neh. 12:35,41.
(21.) Isa. 8:2.