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Behold Your King: The Hope for the House of David in the Book of Zechariah
Petterson, Anthony Robert

New York: T&T Clark, 2009 pp. xiv + 286. $150.00

Series Information
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 513

Description: This book investigates the nature of the hope for the house of David in the final form of the book of "Zechariah". It focuses particularly on the following themes: the roles of Joshua and Zerubbabel; the nature and identity of the Shoot; the coming King; the Shepherd; and, the Pierced One. It challenges the scholarly consensus, going back to the thesis of Julius Wellhausen, which the high priest took over the role and prerogatives of the pre-exilic monarch in the early post-exilic period. Instead, "Zechariah" merely envisages Joshua the high priest being reinstated to the temple duties that were undertaken before the exile. Furthermore, Zechariah does not identify Zerubbable as the promised future Davidic king ('Shoot'). Rather, "Zechariah" demonstrates a hope for the restoration of a Davidic king who will have a key role in temple building after the time of Zerubbabel. Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivaled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Zechariah

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Review by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Published 1/2/2011
Citation: Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, review of Anthony Robert Petterson, Behold Your King: The Hope for the House of David in the Book of Zechariah, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2011).

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