Who wrote the books of the Bible and when?

      Book of Zechariah, the prophecies, oracles and visions of Zechariah son of Berekiah concerning the remnant of Judah and the coming Messiah, was written about 520 B.C. by Zechariah the phrophet, a contemporary of Haggai, during the reign of King Darius and the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Some scholars debate that the first eight chapters were by Zechariah, while the remaining six may have been later prophecies of multiple authors, possibly around the third century B.C. The Book of Zechariah includes:

  • Warning to the remnant of Judah to learn from their forefathers and return to the Lord
  • Visions: angel among the myrtle trees; men riding red, brown and white horses who had gone out to discover the world at peace; the four craftsmen; the measuring of Jerusalem; the second angel's message about the walls of Jerusalem; calling out the remaining Jews in Babylon; Satan rebuked for accusing Joshua the high priest; the changing of Joshua's garments; the gold lampstand and the two olive trees; the large flying scroll; the ephah of iniquity with the woman of wickedness inside; the four chariots
  • A gold crown for Joshua, the Branch
  • Justice and mercy, not fasting
  • Young and old will reside in Jerusalem, the City of Truth
  • Destruction of Israel's enemies
  • Zion's king riding on a donkey
  • The Lord will care for Judah
  • Two staffs used to pasture the flock marked for slaughter, called Favor and Union
  • Mourning for the one they pierced
  • No more prophecies
  • Reign of one God and plague of the nations
  • Annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles

        Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
        "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They look on me , the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as as one grieves for a firstborn son." (Zechariah 12:10)

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