Zechariah (Hebrew prophet)
The Book of Zechariah introduces him 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. His prophetical career probably began in the second year of Darius the Great, king of the Achaemenid Empire (520 BC). His greatest concern appears to have been with the building of the Second Temple.
Possible allusion by JesusEdit
He was probably not the "Zechariah" mentioned by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (11:51) and the Gospel of Matthew, "from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar" (23:35). Jesus' words are interpreted as: from the first victim of a murder (Abel), to the last martyr (Zechariah), by which Zechariah ben Jehoiada was more likely meant, as representing the last of the martyrs recorded in the Masoretic Text. However, some scholars still identify him with the later prophet Zechariah, rather than the priest Zechariah of the 9th century BCE, as the Gospel of Matthew records his name as "Zechariah son of Berechiah", and the prophet Zechariah is indeed listed as the son of Berechiah (Zech. 1:1).
On the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar, his feast day is February 8. He is commemorated in the calendar of saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the Tuesday after the fifth Sunday of Pentecost and, with the other Minor Prophets, on July 31. The Roman Catholic Church honors him with a feast day assigned to September 6.
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most identify this figure with the Zechariah of 2 Chron. 24:20–25, who was killed in the temple court
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