Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Ralph Klein

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Zechariah 7:7-14; Zechariah 1:1-6; Zechariah 8:2; Zechariah 1:7-17; Zechariah 2:1-b; Zechariah 1:18-21; Zechariah 8:3-S; Zechariah 2:S-17; Zechariah 2:1-13; Zechariah 8:6; Zechariah 3:1-10; Zechariah 4:6a-10a; Zechariah 4:1-6, 10b-14; Zechariah 5:1-4; Zechariah 5:5-11; Zechariah 8:7-8; Zechariah 6:1-8; Zechariah 6:9-15; Jeremiah 26:18; Zechariah 8:9; Genesis 15:7-18; 2 Samuel 7:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:1-5; Deuteronomy 26:17-18; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:16-38; Zechariah 8:9-13; Isaiah 31:9; Isaiah 40:9; Psalm 97:8; Isaiah 3:16; Isaiah 40:1-2; Psalm 149:2; Zechariah 1:17; Zechariah 2:16; Psalm 78:67-72;


The problem to which this dissertation shall be addressed is the lack of a methodologically consistent investigation of Zechariah's possible indebtedness to and adaptation of Israel's heritages the failure of most scholars to analyze correctly the structure of Zechariah 7-8 (and to relate chapters l through 6 to them); and the absence of a careful delineation of the purpose for which Zechariah integrated tradition and structure in proclaiming his message to post-exilic Judah. Many scholars have paid no heed whatsoever to material from Israel's heritage which may be in Zechariah 7-8. Those who have made such studies have had either faulty presuppositions or only a few references which are not pursued systematically. Almost no one has studied the structure of chapters 7 and 8 in detail. And no one has investigated both tradition and structure and related that investigation to the earlier prophecy of chapters l to 6 in setting forth the basic proclamation of chapters 7 and 8. It is this new treatment of Zechariah 7-8 which we intend to present in this dissertation. It should be added that the labors expended here are more than those of a historian or a scientist. They are set forward in service of interpreting the prophetic word through which God addressed Zechariah's original audience as well as later generations.

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