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English:  Zechariah
Hebrew:  זכריה
Transliterated:  Z'kharyah
Other names:   



Wrote the book:  Zechariah
Are the key people:  Zerubabbel, Joshua
Is it written to:  The people of Judah who had returned from captivity to Jerusalem.



G-d's message while rebuilding the Temple (Zechariah 1:1-8:23)
G-d's message after rebuilding the Temple (Zechariah 9:1-14:21)



Was it written:  c 520-480 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 520-480 BCE
Was it canonized:  c 499-100 BCE
(see the Timeline of the Tanakh)



Was it written:  Jerusalem
Did the events occur:  Jerusalem



Zechariah was written to inform us that: 
G-d is jealous for His Name and for His people.
G-d desired for Israel to rebuild the Temple.
G-d promised a coming King.
G- d promised His protection.



Zechariah continues Scripture's historical and prophetic messages to Judah. Like all of G-d's prophets, he issues a call of repentance and return to the Lord and His ways. Spiritual renewal would be essential to proper worship in the soon-to-be-restored Temple for without a repentant heart, their service in the Temple would be in vain. Zechariah calls Judah to repent from the very same sins that had resulted in the exile of their ancestors and to return to their covenant relationship with G-d. He calls them to care for widows, orphans, and foreigners as required by the Law but to do so without evil in their hearts. Zechariah concludes his writings with a call to holiness in light of the coming "day of the Lord".



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