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Book of Zechariah

(zek - uh - ry' - uh)

General Information

The Book of Zechariah, one of the so - called Minor Prophets or shorter books of the Old Testament of the Bible, takes its name from a priest who returned to Jerusalem with the exiles from Babylon. Scholars generally acknowledge, however, that only the first eight chapters of the book, which date from 520 to 518 BC, were written by Zechariah. These chapters are apocalyptic in character, consisting principally of a series of eight visions devoted to eschatological themes. Chapters 9 to 11 come from the hand of another author, "Second Zechariah" (c. 300 BC), and consist of sayings against foreign nations together with promises of power for the returning exiles. Chapters 12 to 14, which continue the message of Second Zechariah, are sometimes regarded as a separate unit labeled "Third Zechariah" and dated c. 250 BC.

George W Coats

D Baron, The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah (1918); P D Hanson, The Dawn of Apocalypse (1975).

Book of Zechariah

Brief Outline

  1. Series of eight symbolic night-visions (1-6)
  2. Prophecies, spoken two years later than the above; exhortations and warnings (7-8)
  3. Judgment and mercy; the coming Day of the Lord (9-14)


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