ZACHARIAS - Introduction
THE PROPHECY OF ZACHARIAS.
to prophesy in the same year as Aggeus, and upon the same occasion. His prophecy is full of mysterious figures and promises
of blessings, partly relating to the synagogue and partly to the Church of Christ. (Challoner) --- He is the "most obscure
and longest of the twelve [minor prophets];" (St. Jerome) though Osee wrote the same number of chapters. (Haydock) --- Zacharias
has been confounded with many others of the same name. Little is known concerning his life. Some have asserted that the ninth
and two following chapters were written by Jeremias, in whose name chap. xi. 12., is quoted [in] Matthew xxvii. 9.
But that is more probably a mistake of transcribers. Zacharias speaks more plainly of the Messias and of the last siege of
Jerusalem than the rest, as he live nearer those times. (Calmet) --- His name signifies, "the memory of the Lord." (St. Jerome)
--- He appeared only two months after Aggeus, and shewed that the Church should flourish in the synagogue, and much more after
the coming of Christ, who would select his first preachers from among the Jews. Yet few of them shall embrace the gospel,
in comparison with the Gentiles, though they shall at last be converted. (St. Jerome ad Paulin.) (Worthington)