[b-hebrew] Tradition of Zechariah's Murder

tmcos at rogers.com tmcos at rogers.com
Mon Apr 5 14:07:54 EDT 2004


Just out of curiosity, I don't have the text in front of me, but does the pseudepigraphical text known as 'The Lives of the Prophets' mention anything about this re: Zechariah?

Tony Costa


> 
> From: CS Bartholomew <jacksonpollock at earthlink.net>
> Date: 2004/04/05 Mon PM 01:32:58 EDT
> To: George Athas <gathas at hotkey.net.au>, 
> 	b-hebrew <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Tradition of Zechariah's Murder
> 
> On 4/5/04 3:23 AM, "George Athas" <gathas at hotkey.net.au> wrote:
> 
> > Does anyone know of a tradition which claims that Zechariah ben-Berechiah (the
> > prophet) was murdered on the temple grounds? If so, references would be
> > appreciated.
> 
> George,
> 
> Nothing on Zechariah ben-Berechiah but
> concerning the disputed issue "who was murdered" according to
> Mt23:35/Lk11:51 you might take a look at Josephus Bel* 4:334-344 (iv. 6,4)
> and Targum Lam. ii.20.
> 
> 
> Targum Lam. ii.20
>  See, O Lord,    and observe from heaven against whom have you turned. Thus
> is it right    for the Daughters of Israel to eat the fruit of their wombs
> due    to starvation, lovely children wrapped in fine linen? The Attribute
> of Justice replied, and said, " Is it right to kill priest and prophet in
> the Temple of the Lord , as when you killed Zechariah son of Iddo, the High
> Priest and faithful prophet in the Temple of the Lord on the Day of
> Atonement    because he told you not to do evil before the Lord?"
> 
> Translated    by C. M. M. Brady
> http://www.tulane.edu/~ntcs/meg/tglam.htm
> 
> greetings,
> Clay Bartholomew 
>  
> *Could not locate this in Winston's translation, numbering system seems to
> be different.
> 
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