Is the Narrator also among the Prophets? Reading Zechariah without Presuppositions

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The article proposes a strategy for integrated reading of the canonical book of Zechariah. This strategy demonstrates that preconceived notions about the book's literary history and especially about the identity of the voices recorded in it are the main factors that have thus far prevented the scholars from adequately accounting for heterogeneity of its form and content in a synchronic perspective. Examined without presuppositions, Zechariah can be plausibly interpreted as an integral, if complex, composition featuring two interrelated principal speakers, Zechariah (in 1:2–6; 1:8–6:15; 7:9–8:17) and an anonymous prophet identified with the book's narrator (in 1:1, 7; 7:1–8; 8:18–14:21). This counterpoint pattern lends authority to the narrator's innovative message in Zech. 8:20–14:21 by placing it in the context of a dialogue initiated by Zechariah and linking it to the correct prediction that the temple of Jerusalem will be successfully rebuilt.

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