No Canaanites

Zechariah ends with “In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of Yahweh of hosts.” How’d we get Canaanites in the house of the Lord to begin with?  Sweeney . . . . Continue Reading »


Zechariah begins and ends with horses.  In the first night vision, the horses are in a glen (1:8ff).  They have returned from patrol, and the world is at peace.  That’s not good; . . . . Continue Reading »

Donkey theology

Ken Way of Biola University gave a very interesting paper on the various Hebrew terms for donkeys and mules. He focused on Zechariah 9, which, he argued, has long been mistranslated. It has the . . . . Continue Reading »

Wisdom of Tyre

Zechariah 9:1-4 focuses on the conquest of Tyre, the “wise” city, shrewd at least in amassing wealth (v. 3). But the celebratory description contains a subversive pun. The Hebrew for Tyre . . . . Continue Reading »

Zechariah 5:1-4

A couple of notes on the first vision of Zechariah 5, and then translation. 1) Verse 3 is difficult to translate, and is somewhat surprising. The scroll represents, the angel says, the curse going . . . . Continue Reading »

Zechariah 4

Some notes on Zechariah 4, with a rough translation following. 1) Structurally, the passage is most clearly organized around the exchanges between the interpreting angel and Zechariah. Most obvious . . . . Continue Reading »