Talk:Book of Zechariah

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Christian Perspective[edit]

I am a Christian and I would equate the writings of Zechariah with prophecies that were fulfilled/will be fulfilled by Jesus’ first and second coming. In that the Jews the very people that should of have accepted Jesus as King rejected him for 30 pieces of silver, one of the few places in the bible where strong sarcasm was used; but that eventually Jerusalem will be lifted up and the Jews will morn for Jesus like a father would for the loss of his only son? Do other Christians see a similar meaning? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:24, 1 May 2008

The book is cited a few times in the article Claimed Messianic prophecies of Jesus, but I agree that the verses are significant enough to expand in some detail, also mentioning the interpretation of those verses by Jewish authorities. I'm not sure whether this should be done within this article or in a separate page, like Isaiah 53. - Fayenatic (talk) 21:34, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Use of an anachronistic and possibly biased term ("ministry")[edit]

"Zechariah’s ministry took place during the reign of Darius the Great" Does anyone else think that the word "ministry" has a particular Christian flavor that is inappropriate in describing a pre-Christian relgious figure? Maybe a more neutral way to phrase this would be "Zechariah was active during the reign . . ." It seems like a small thing, but there is a more general concern about a Christian or Christian-centric coloring to descriptions of books that are holy not only (or even principally) to Christians. Cheythiya (talk) 22:21, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Well spotted, go right ahead! The word "ministry" is used about prophets in Jewish sources e.g. [1], but if that's unusual then nobody will argue about you changing Wikipedia to use more WP:NPOV language, and there's no need to discuss that sort of edit first. WP:Just do it! – Fayenatic L (talk) 17:26, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

"Mystic Metaphor" section[edit]

I tagged this as possibly "Original Research". This section (as currently written) presents the author's interpretation of part of the book, when there are (of course) a number of interpretations out there (many more popular - in fact, this one is pretty novel as far as I'm aware). If everyone offers their own personal opinion on the meaning of various passages in Zechariah, then this will get to be an exceedingly long article. On top of all that, there aren't any sources cited for the interpretation other than the texts being interpreted, which leads me to believe that the author is giving his own opinion. C.W. Loney (talk) 13:45, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. The section has now been removed. – Fayenatic London 11:46, 16 June 2013 (UTC)