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Zechariah - Concordia Commentary

by Lessing, R Reed

Item #: 156076 / 2021 / Hardback / 672 Pages


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The Book of Zechariah is for everyone living in wreckage and ruin. God has called each of us to rebuild something. Just as God called Zechariah, let’s roll up our sleeves and start rebuilding. It takes planning, prayers, endurance, and great determination. It is not by might nor by power, but by God’s Holy Spirit that we rebuild the ruins. The wreckage can rise again!

This commentary approaches the Book of Zechariah by reading the book as literature, paying attention to the use of rhetoric as history, and understanding the surrounding events in the ancient Near East as theology. As R. Reed Lessing meticulously walks through the text of this Minor Prophet, understand how God does big things with small days and small people with their small stuff. 

About the Author

R. Reed Lessing was born and raised in Denver, Colo. He received the B.A. in pre-seminary studies from St. John’s College, Winfield, Kans., in 1981. His degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., are the M.Div. (1985), the S.T.M. (1989), and the Ph.D. (2001). He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry on June 29, 1986. From 1986 to 1999, he served pastorates in West Monroe, La., and Broken Arrow, Okla. Dr. Lessing was also Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from 1999 to 2013. He served as Senior Pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., from September 2013 to July 2020. He currently serves as Professor of Theology and Ministry at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.


Once again Lessing has provided a substantive Old Testament commentary within the Lutheran tradition. This volume offers close study of the Hebrew text of Zechariah and its historical message within the framework of a Christological reading. Lessing also writes in a readable style that will make this very challenging prophetic book accessible to a broad public. He is to be applauded for a fine work. 

—M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Scripture Press Ministries Professor of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy, Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois 

Building on his previous commentaries on prophetic literature, Reed Lessing turns his keen exegetical skills and close reading of the text to this important post- exilic “prophet of the passion,” who brought hope and vision to the disillusioned and disheartened people of Yehud in this critical time. God’s people had returned but were hardly restored. The rebuilding of the temple had begun with enthusiastic support, but it soon stalled. With a deep grasp of the historical situation, Lessing unpacks the power of prophetic encouragement in light of the great story of God’s salvation from Moses and the Prophets to the passion of our Lord, “my Servant, the Sprout” (Zech 3:8), and through it to the resurrection life that follows, when “death dies and life wins” and we are completely restored. 

—Andrew H. Bartelt, Professor Emeritus of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri 

About the Series

Each volume provides an original translation and meticulous grammatical analysis of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek text. Further light is shed on the passage from extrabiblical literature, ancient cultures, and archaeology. The author offers an exposition of the text’s meaning within its original historical context, highlights from its reception history, and a fresh theological interpretation that is eminently relevant today.

Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes that extend throughout Scripture from creation and the fall into sin to redemption, the return of Christ, and the eschaton. Attention is given to the biblical dialectics of Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, and the eschatological tension between the “now” and the “not yet” inaugurated by the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ.

Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith, and worldwide mission—all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.

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