By Mark J. Boda

Haggai/Zechariah, that is a part of the NIV program observation sequence, is helping readers find out how the message of those prophets who challenged and inspired the folk of God after the go back from Babylon could have an identical robust effect at the neighborhood of religion this day.

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Ezra 5:1–2; 6:14 presents Zechariah as a prophetic champion of the temple project. The intimate connection between this prophet and the restoration of the temple is discernible within his book. He promises the rebuilding of the temple (Zech. 24 This connection to the temple is not surprising because Zechariah apparently came from priestly stock, heading up an important clan in a later period (Neh. 12:16). C. (12:4), and he himself is linked to the generation of Joshua’s son, Joiakim. C. as he began his prophetic career.

For these figures see C. E. Carter, The Emergence of Yehud in the Persian Period (JSOTSup; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999). 36 Introduction scroll words dictated by the prophet (Jer. 45:1; cf. Jer. 36). This suggests that disciples gathered around prophetic figures (see 2 Kings 6:1) and were instrumental in transferring prophecy from its original oral form into its present literary state. , Isa. 1:1; Jer. , Isa. 6:1; 8:1; Jer. 2:1), suggests that people other than the prophets were involved in the writing and editorial process.

The first two sections (1:1–2:9) are addressed to the same three audiences: Zerubbabel, Joshua, people/remnant. The second two sections (2:10–23), however, do not mention Joshua but only the “priests” (2:11), people/nation (2:14), and Zerubbabel (2:21, 23). This evidence suggests either that the book underwent multiple editions (1:1–2:9 and then 2:10–23) or that the final editor drew from sources that used diverse methods of recording the prophet’s witness. These various pieces place Haggai in a particular community in history, addressing their needs and concerns and calling them to faithfulness to Yahweh’s purposes.

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