Zechariah ben Jehoiada

Zechariah ben Jehoiada

Zechariah Ben Jehoiada was the son or grandson of Jehoiada, the high priest in the times of Ahaziah and Jehoash of Judah (Joash).

After the death of Jehoiada, Zechariah boldly condemned both king Jehoash and the people for their rebellion against God (, bibleref|Luke|11:50-51|NIV. The Gospel of Matthew records his name as "Zechariah son of Berechiah". This identification can be reconciled if Jehoiada was Zechariah's grandfather, and Berechiah his father; or if Berechiah was another name for Jehoiada. There are other possible identifications for the person Jesus was referring to. [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0190-3578%28189701%299%3A1%3C26%3AZASOM2%3E2.0.CO%3B2-A&size=LARGE] In the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, "Zechariah son of Berechiah" is interpreted as Zechariah the father of John the Baptist, and his slaying is understood as taking place during the Slaughter of the Innocents by Herod.

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* [http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=65&letter=Z "Jewish Encyclopedia":] Zechariah Ben Jehoiada

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