From the top of the eastern wall of the temple mount is a view of the kidron valley, and the so called tomb of Zechariah

 The tomb is built in similar Hellenic style with Ionic columns on the front  to the older Bnei Hazir tomb, and the Yad Avshalom (Absalom’s Pillar) tombs . Jewish tradition has that Zechariah as mentioned in 2Chron 24:20,21 was buried in this area. The tombs were constructed later than his burial time.

Zechariah was the last prophet to be killed  in the Jewish old testament (Genesis to Chronicles) and is the prophet referred to by Christ as all the righteous blood from Abel Gen 4:8 to Zechariah Matt 23:35; Luke 11:51 concluding a sad tradition of enmity against those who spoke truth and sought for atonement. The Chronicles record indicates that God would look upon his death and require his blood 2Chron 24:22 a feat to be executed by Hazael (the power of seeing)! This became typical of the requirement of the blood of Christ who God would look upon and require of the generation at AD70 Luke 11:50

Sadly the blood of Zechariah did not stand alone, as the servants took the blood of the sons of Jehoida 2Chron 24:25 and typically seen within the killing of the subsequent apostles such as James Acts 12:1 and Stephen Acts 7:59

Some discussion has been raised about the identity of Zechariah with various opinions. The record of Luke 11 clearly picks up the language and thoughts of 2Chron 24: consider the following:

1. Places of burial mentioned. Jehoida buried with kings 2Chron 24:16 but Joash buried not with the kings 2Chron 24:25 raising the question of what type of burial was to be given to a spiritual or non-spiritual man. Christ declares the Pharisees are like whited scepulchres, and builders of the burial places of the prophets Luke 11:47

2. Innocent blood was to be “required” a citation in Luke 11:50,51 to 2Chron 24:22

3. A generation that passed over the judgment of God Luke 11:42, 2Chron 24:29

4. Burdens would be placed on others 11:46 with burdens placed on sons 2Chron 24:27 The burdens described as grevious Luke 11:46 and great 2Chron 24:27

5. The history to the Pharisees was the kindness of the father Luke 11:11-13; and Joash the kindness of Jehoida “his (spiritual) father” 2Chron 24:22

6. The event came at the end of an eara, in Luke the end of the Judah’s commonwelath announced by Christ Luke 11:51 Jehoida lived from the 13th year of Rehoboam and had seen all the challenges of the southern tribes known as Judah

7. It was a time of “rising judgment” 11:31 so Syria would come to execute on behalf of Deity 2Chron 24:23,24 so “rising up” 11:31,32 and “coming up” 2Chron 24:23

8. There is a reference to stoning of Zechariah Matt 23:37 2Chron 24:21

9 Zechariah had the spirit of God come upon him, to make a stand above the people  2Chron 24:20, so Christ himself would gather Judah as chicken her young, but they refused.  Other prophets had been sent but Judah did not listen, so finally Zechariah is sent, and in the spirit of the parable “let us kill the son, and take the inheritance” 2Chron 24:20

Syria would bring a precipitous judgment through gentile hands on the nation of Judah, in a fashion that would be replicated in the events of AD70

I note there is a man called who was killed in the temple in AD68, there is no record of the exact location, and it was unlikely to have been next to the altar, or this fact would have been recorded by Josephus. (wars iv.5.4) The manner of death is also not recorded, but was most likely done with a dagger.

Look at this detailed panorama: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/fullscreen/81369/

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