Zechariah (Hebrew prophet)

Zechariah[a] was a person in the Hebrew Bible and traditionally considered the author of the Book of Zechariah, the eleventh of the Twelve Minor Prophets. He was a prophet of the Kingdom of Judah, and, like the prophet Ezekiel, was of priestly extraction.

Zacharias (Michelangelo)
Zechariah as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Prophet

Tissot Zechariah
Zechariah as depicted by James Tissot

The book of Zechariah introduces the prophet as the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo (Zechariah 1:1). The book of Ezra names Zechariah as the son of Iddo (Ezra 5:1 and Ezra 6:14), but it is likely that Berechiah was Zechariah's father, and Iddo was his grandfather.[1]

His prophetical career probably began in the second year of Darius, king of Persia (520 BC). His greatest concern appears to have been with the building of the Second Temple.[1]

He was probably not the "Zechariah" mentioned by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke; Zechariah ben Jehoiada was more likely intended.[2]

Bahá'í Faith

Bahá'í teachers have made comparisons between the prophecies of Zechariah and the Súriy-i-Haykal in the Summons of the Lord of Hosts, a collection of the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh.[3]

Liturgical commemoration

On the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar, his feast day is February 8. He is commemorated with the other Minor Prophets in the calendar of saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church on July 31. The Roman Catholic Church honors him with a feast day assigned to September 6.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ (/zɛkəˈraɪ.ə/; Hebrew: זְכַרְיָה, Modern: Zekharya, Tiberian: Zəḵaryāh, "YHWH has remembered"; Arabic: زكريّاZakariya' or Zakkariya; Greek: Ζαχαρίας Zakharias; Latin: Zacharias)

References

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "Zechariah" . Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.

  1. ^ a b Hirsch, Emil G. (1906). "Zechariah". In Cyrus Adler; et al. (eds.). Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co.
  2. ^ Pao & Schnabel on Luke 11:49–51 (2007). Beale & Carson (ed.). Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. ISBN 978-0801026935. most identify this figure with the Zechariah of 2 Chron. 24:20–25, who was killed in the temple court
  3. ^ Cynthia C. Shawamreh (December 1998). "Comparison of the Suriy-i-Haykal and the Prophecies of Zechariah". Wilmette Institute.
September 6

September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 116 days remain until the end of the year.

Zechariah (given name)

Zechariah (Hebrew זְכַרְיָה), also transliterated as Zachariah and Zacharias, is a theophoric masculine given name of Hebrew origin, meaning "Yahweh remembers." It comes from the Hebrew word zakhar, meaning to remember, and yah, one of the names of the Jewish God. Though Zechariah is the original transliteration of the name and used in the English translation of the Book of Zechariah, Zachariah, spelled with the letter A instead of the letter E, is more popular, with a common diminutive being Zach (also Zac, Zack, and Zak). Due to its religious significance, variants of the name exist in numerous languages.

Zechariah (list of biblical figures)

The male given name Zechariah is derived from the Hebrew זְכַרְיָה, meaning "The Lord has remembered." It has been translated into English in many variant forms and spellings, including Zachariah, Zacharias and Zachary.

It was the name of various men in the Bible.

Prophets in the Hebrew Bible
Pre-Patriarchal
Patriarchs / Matriarchs
Israelite prophets
in the Torah
Mentioned in the
Former Prophets
Major
Minor
Noahide
Other
Extra-Quranic Prophets of Islam
In Stories of the Prophets
In Islamic tradition
In Quranic exegesis
Virgin Mary
Apostles
Archangels
Confessors
Disciples
Doctors
Evangelists
Church
Fathers
Martyrs
Patriarchs
Popes
Prophets
Virgins
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