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variants: Zacharias and Zecharias

Meaning: Jehovah is renowned or remembered

This is a common male name in the Bible, including 2 prophets, a priest, and several other men.

  1. Prophet Zechariah, author of the Book of Zechariah

    He is a prophet of the Kingdom of Judah and the 11th of the 12 minor prophets.

    Like Ezekiel, he is of priestly extraction.

    He describes himself (Zechariah 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 career began in the 2nd year of King Darius (B.C. 520), about 16 years after the return of the first company of Jews from exile.

    He was contemporary with the prophet Haggai (Ezra 5:1).

    Book of Zechariah

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    His book consists of two distinct parts: (1) chapters 1 to 8, inclusive, and (2) chapters 9 to the end.

    It begins with a preface (1:1-6), which recalls the nation's past history, for the purpose of presenting a solemn warning to the present generation. Then follows a series of eight visions (1:7-6:8), succeeding one another in one night, which may be regarded as a symbolical history of Israel, intended to furnish consolation to the returned exiles and stir up hope in their minds.

    The symbolical action, the crowning of Joshua (6:9-15), describes how the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of God's Christ.

    Chapters 7 and 8, delivered two years later, are an answer to the question whether the days of mourning for the destruction of the city should be any longer kept, and an encouraging address to the people, assuring them of God’s presence and blessing.

    The second part of the book (ch. 9-14) bears no date. It is probable that a considerable interval separates it from the first part. It consists of two burdens.

    The first burden (ch. 9-11) gives an outline of the course of God’s providential dealings with his people down to the time of the Advent.

    The second burden (ch. 12-14) points out the glories that await Israel in “the latter day”, the final conflict and triumph of God's kingdom.

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  2. Zechariah ben Jehoiada

    His father was a high priest in the times of Ahaziah and Joash. After the death of Jehoiada, he boldly condemned both the bad king and the people for their rebellion against God (2 Chronicles 24:20), which so stirred up their resentment against him that at the king's commandment they stoned him with stones, and he died “in the court of the house of the Lord” (2 Chr. 24:21).

    Christ alludes to this deed of murder in Matthew 23:35 and Luke 11:51. (See: Zacharias)

  3. Prophet Zechariah in the time of Uzziah

    He is called a prophet who had “understanding in the seeing of God” in the time of King Uzziah, who was much indebted to him for his wise counsel (2 Chronicles 26:5).

  4. Chief Zechariah

    He is one of the chiefs of the Tribe of Reuben (1 Chronicles 5:7).

  5. Zechariah, a gatekeeper for the Israelite Tabernacle (The Tent of Meeting)

    The King James version refers to him as a porter (1 Chronicles 9:21 KJV), whereas the New King James calls him “keeper of the door of the tabernacle of meeting” (1 Chr. 9:21 NKJV). Other modern translations say “gatekeeper.”

    Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper of the entrance of the tent of meeting.—1 Chronicles 9:21 NASB

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  6. Zechariah, great-uncle of King Saul

    He is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:37.

    In Gibeon Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived, and his wife’s name was Maacah, and his firstborn son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth.

    Ner became the father of Kish, and Kish became the father of Saul… —1 Chronicles 9:35-39 NASB excerpt

  7. Zechariah, who assisted with the Ark of the Covenant

    He is a Levite who assisted in bringing up thee ark from the house of Obed-edom (1 Chronicles 15:20-24).

  8. Zechariah, a Kohathite

    He is a Levite (1 Chronicles 24:25).

  9. Zechariah, a Merarite

    He is a Levite (1 Chronicles 27:21).

  10. Zecharian, father of Iddo

    See: 1 Chronicles 27:21

  11. Teacher Zechariah

    He assisted in teaching the law to the people in the time of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:7).

  12. Zechariah, son of Asaph

    He is a Levite and one of the sons of Asaph named in 2 Chronicles 20:14).

  13. Prince Zechariah, son of King Jehoshaphat

    He is one of Jehoshaphat’s sons and is named in 2 Chronicles 21:2.

  14. Zechariah, the father of Abijah

    Abijah is the mother of King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29:1), a Davidic king.

  15. Zechariah, son of Asaph

    He is one of the sons of Asaph named in 2 Chronicles 29:13).

  16. Ruler Zechariah

    He was one of the “rulers of the house of God” (2 Chronicles 35:8).

  17. Chief Zechariah

    He was a chief of the people in the time of Ezra, who consulted him about the return from captivity (Ezra 8:16). He is probably the same man mentioned in Neh. 8:4.

  18. Zechariah mentioned by Nehemiah

    See: Neh. 11:12

  19. Another Zechariah mentioned by Nehemiah

    See: Nehemiah 12:16

  20. Another Zechariah, mentioned by Nehemiah

    See: Nehemiah 12:35; 12:41

  21. Zechariah, mentioned by Isaiah

    See: Isaiah 8:2

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