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Zacharias (zak'a-rî'as). Greek form of Zachariah. 1. Father of John the Baptist. Luke 1:5, etc. He was a priest of the course of Abia, the eighth of the 24 courses who ministered at the temple in turn. 2. Son of Barachias, who, our Lord says, was slain by the Jews between the altar and the temple. Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51. There has been much dispute who this Zacharias was, but there can be little or no doubt that the allusion is to Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, 2 Chronicles 24:20-21; and he may have been called "the son" of Barachias from his grandfather. He is mentioned as being the martyr last recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures, as Abel was the first—2d Chronicles being placed last in their Old Testament Scriptures.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Zacharias'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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