Author: Zechariah, son of Berechiah (1:1); some believe a second, unnamed writer contributed Chapters 9-14.
Date: Approximately 520-475 BC.
In Ten Words or Less: Jewish exiles should rebuild their temple - and anticipate their Messiah.
Details: Like Haggai, another postexilic prophet, Zechariah urges Jewish people to rebuild the Jerusalem temple. He also gives several prophecies of the coming Messiah, including an end-times vision of a final battle over Jerusalem, when “the Lord [shall] go forth, and fight against those nations. … And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives. … And the Lord shall be king over all the earth” (14:3-4, 9).
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