Analysis Of The Book Of Zechariah

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To begin with, in Joel 2:32, Joel prophecizes that the Lord will offer salvation to all mankind. Most people believe that the book of Joel was written by Joel. However, not much is known about Joel except for the fact that he was the son of Pethuel. The book of Joel was written around 830 B.C. (Savelle). Joel was ministering as a prophet during the time of king Joash, the son of Ahaziah. Joash, who became the king of Judah at the age of seven, ruled Judea for approximately 40 years. In addition, the Assyrian Empire fell after its capital, Nineveh, got destroyed in 612 B.C.. When Joel was actively prophesying in Judea, the land of Judea was in a great chaos. Most farms were stripped by an enormous plague of locusts and destroyed pastures and …show more content…
Zechariah was a prophet and a Levite born in Babylon. Although people believe that Zechariah was the author of the book of Zechariah, most scholars came to a decision that chapters 9 to 14 are not written by Zechariah. The reasons to this decision was that Zechariah’s name is not mentioned in these last six chapters and that none of the dates or clear references of historical events are mentioned. Also, the contents, vocabulary, and style of the book of Zechariah seems to be lacking unity (Bible.org). The book of Zechariah was written around 520 B.C. (Bible Hub). Zechariah’s grandfather, Iddo, was the head of one of the families that returned from the Exile (Insite.org). However, even after twenty years from their return, the temple was still left ruined and the people did now know what to do. At this time, God chose two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah to restore the temple and hearten the Jews. Soon after Haggai started to rebuild the temple, Zechariah stated his first prophecy (BiblicaTtraining.org). The book of Zechariah serves with the purpose to urge the Jews to have a stronger faith in the Lord so that the Deliverer can bring a time of blessing. In addition, it showed that God will establish His kingdom through much tension and struggle

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