Though a plethora of works on Zechariah have been issued in the past several years, few have advanced their arguments with the exegetical and literary excellence that marks this offering by George Klein. Clearly written and skillfully crafted, it will almost certainly rank among the top two or three commentaries that scholars, pastors, and laity alike will find to be reliable and useful in clarifying the message of this rich prophetic book, one particularly relevant to the present day and age of the church.
“In each instance, the light produced by the lampstands represents God’s glory and his presence among his people. Moreover, the lampstands may also symbolize the people of God and the role they should play reflecting the Lord’s light to the nations.” (Pages 153–154)
“Verse 6 suggests that the oil in vv. 2–3 symbolizes the Spirit of the Lord and continues the theme of the Lord’s provision for the ongoing reconstruction of the temple: ‘Zechariah’s work on the temple and in the lives of the people was to be completed, not by human might or power, but by divine power—constant and sufficient.’” (Page 158)
“Irrespective of the audience, whether Zechariah, Zerubbabel, or the believer today, salvation and blessing come not through human effort but from the gracious hand of God.” (Page 159)
“Fourth and last, Zechariah foretold a Messiah who would come to his people ‘riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” (Page 273)
Zechariah is one of the most difficult Old Testament books to interpret. By paying careful attention to the Hebrew text and the insights of a wide range of biblical scholars, George Klein has provided a comprehensive guide to this rich but often enigmatic prophetic book. Pastors and serious Bible students will be greatly enriched by this latest addition to the excellent New American Commentary series.
—Todd S. Beall, Capital Bible Seminary