Commentaries on Zechariah

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Order of Contents

Best  3
More  10+
Early Church  2
Jewish  1
Chapters 11-13  1
Authenticity of  1

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The Best Commentaries on Zechariah

Intermediate, 1800’s

Baron, David – The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah: ‘The Prophet of Hope and Glory’, an Exposition  n.d.

Baron (1855–1926) was raised an orthodox Jew, converted to our Savior, the Messiah, and wrote numerous (excellent) books showing Christ in the Old Testament and pointing Jews to Christ.  Baron is excellent on the nuances of exegeting the Hebrew.  Baron was a premillennialist (which is contrary to the WCF and is not recommended).

‘Provides a helpful elucidation of the Messianic prophecies contained in this book.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Moore, T.V. – The Prophets of the Restoration, or Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, a New Translation with Notes  1856

Moore was an Old Princeton graduate and southern Presbyterian.  This work was republished by the Banner of Truth.

*** “A capital book.  most useful to ministers.” – Spurgeon

Wardlaw, Ralph – Lectures on the Prophecies of Zechariah  1869

*** “Written in the Doctor’s old age; but we prefer it, in some respects, to other volumes of his lectures.  We always consult it.” – Spurgeon

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More Commentaries on Zechariah

Reformer

Luther, Martin – Works, vol. 20: Minor Prophets III: Zechariah  Buy

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Puritan

Pemble, William – A Short and Sweet Exposition of the First Nine Chapters of Zechariah in Works, pp. 389-471  †1623  

Pemble was a Reformed puritan.

** “Richard Capel [a reformed divine, †1656] says:

‘Amongst the hardest books of Scripture the prophets may have a place, and amongst the prophets, Zechary is a deep, wherein an elephant may swim, and therefore I cannot but commend the wisdom of that man of God (the author of this book), who bestowed his learning and his pains to open the mysteries of this prophecy.  Death ended his days ere he could quite finish his work, and great weakness hindered an in intended supplement.’

Pemble was a learned Calvinistic divine, and his writings are highly esteemed, but not very captivating.” – Spurgeon

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Devotional, Practical and/or Brief

Meyer, F.B. – The Prophet of Hope Studies in Zechariah  1900  168 pp.

Meyer (1847–1929) was an English, baptist pastor who wrote numerous, very good devotional works.  Meyer gives a one page devotional on a verse or two from each chapter in the Bible.

‘Typological and devotional studies.  Premillennial.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Woudstra, Marten – ‘Zechariah’ in The Biblical Expositor: The Living Theme of the Great Book with General and Introductory Essays and Exposition, vol. 2  Buy  ed. Carl Henry  1960

This little known commentary set by leading evangelicals (many of which were reformed) is brief (think airplane view) but helpful.

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Intermediate

1800’s

Park, I.R. – An Amicable Controversy with a Jewish Rabbi on the Messiah’s Coming: Unfolding New Views on Prophecy and the Nature of the Millenium, with an Entirely New Exposition of Zechariah on the Messiah’s Kingdom  1832

** “The words ‘entirely new exposition’ put us on our guard, and did not entice us to read.  The caution was needful.  This author explains the prophecy spiritually, and asserts that ‘the spiritual is the most literal interpretation.’  We more than doubt it.” – Spurgeon

Stonard, John – A Commentary on the Vision of Zechariah the Prophet, with a Corrected Translation and Critical Notes  1824

*  “An earnest attempt to expound this prophecy; we do not think the author has succeeded, but he has written some good things.” – Spurgeon

Wright, Charles H. – Zechariah and his Prophecies: Considered in Relation to Modern Criticism, with a Critical and Grammatical Commentary and new translation  Buy  1879  700 pp.  Reprinted by Klock & Klock  Advanced comments are kept to the footnotes.

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1900’s

Leupold, H.C. – Exposition of Zechariah  Buy

Leupold (b. 1891) was an orthodox Lutheran (amillennial) and a professor of the Old Testament.

‘Provides a serious, technical study of the prophetic predictions of Zechariah from an amillennial viewpoint.  Very helpful.’ – Cyril J. Barber

Unger, Merrill – Zechariah: Prophet of Messiah’s Glory  Buy  1963

Unger was a was a dispensationalist (strongly not-recommended) and Old Testament professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.

‘A valuable exposition based upon the original text.’ – Cyril J. Barber

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Advanced

1700’s

Blayney, Benjamin – Zechariah, a New Translation with Notes, Critical, Philological and Explanatory  1797  206 pp.

** “This learned author writes after the manner of Lowth, but has neither Lowth’s taste nor poetic vein.  His notes will not suggest sermons, but will be philologically useful if cautiously read.” – Spurgeon

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1800’s

Hengstenberg, E.W. – ‘The Prophet Zechariah, chs. 1-10’ & ‘chs. 11-14’  1868  308 pp.  in The Christology of the Old Testament, vol. 3, pp. 296-449 & vol. 4, pp. 1-155

**“In his ‘Christology’… Hengstenberg has given a thorough and elaborate exposition of the greater part of Zechariah and Malachi.  He is too grammatical and dry to be generally interesting.” – Spurgeon

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The Early Church on Zechariah

Compilation

Ferreiro, Alberto – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: The Twelve Prophets  Buy 

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Individual Father

Didymus the Blind – Commentary on Zechariah  Buy

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A Jewish Commentary on Zechariah

Kimchi, David – Commentary on the Prophecies of Zechariah, with notes and observations on the passages relating to the Messiah

Kimchi (1160-1235)

** “This enables the English reader to see how the Jews themselves understood the prophets, and this is worth knowing.” – Spurgeon

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Zechariah 11-13

Fuller, Andrew – Illustrations of Scripture: Conversion of the Jews, on Zech. 11-13:1

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On the Authenticity of Zechariah

Hengstenberg, E.W. – Dissertations on the Genuineness of Daniel and the Integrity of Zechariah  1848

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