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Title: The Fate and Future of Zerubbabel in the Prophecy of Haggai
Author(s): GOSWELL, Greg
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 91    Issue: 1   Date: 2010   
Pages: 77-90
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.91.1.3188854

Abstract :
The final oracle of Haggai is often viewed as royalist in orientation, with the prophet promoting Zerubbabel as a royal (or even messianic) figure. This study seeks to dispute the majority view. Neither the election terms used nor the metaphor of the 'seal' assign a royal identity to him. The focus is on the dual leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua. Nowhere in the prophecy is Zerubbabel identified unequivocally as a Davidide. The temple orientation and the highlighting of divine action show that the establishment of God’s kingdom is in view, not the promotion of Zerubbabel as God’s vice-regent.

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