BAR 38:01, Jan/Feb 2012
How many people named Zechariah are mentioned in the Bible (including Hebrew Bible and New Testament)?
Technically, the entry for “Zechariah” in The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible1 lists 27 people with that name—all in the Hebrew Bible—including, most notably, the sixth-century B.C.E. prophet Zechariah who preached in post-Exilic Judah and whose story is told in the Book of Zechariah (as well as in parts of the Book of Ezra). But if you include related (albeit less popular) spellings such as “Zachariah,” “Zacher” and “Zacharias,” the number rises to 32.a Two of these are men named “Zachariah” and one “Zacher,” again all in the Hebrew Bible.