How Did Zechariah/zakaria Die?
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 08:19 AM
Illustrated here is the story of the prophet Zakariya (a conflation of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, and the Old Testament prophet Zachariah), who according to Muslim legend died a martyr's death. Escaping his pursuers by hiding in a tree that miraculously opened to admit him, Zakariya was betrayed by Iblis, the devil, who pointed out the hem of the prophet's cloak protruding from the trunk. The devil's forces sawed the tree apart and with it Zakariya, whose saintly aura is shown as flames bursting among the leaves.
Matthew 23:35 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
35And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
Origen suggested that the Zechariah mentioned in Matthew 23:35 as having been killed between the temple and the altar may be the father of John the Baptist. Apocryphal Christian tradition recounts that, at the time of the massacre of the Innocents, when King Herod ordered the slaughter of all males under the age of two in an attempt to prevent the prophesied Messiah from coming to Israel, Zechariah refused to divulge the whereabouts of his son (who was in hiding), and he was therefore murdered by Herod's soldiers. This is also recorded in the Infancy Gospel of James, an apocryphal work from the second century. Since Mary was a relative of Elizabeth, Zechariah might have lived in the same area where Mary's family originated from.
So which tradition is correct? Christian or jewish?
Also, there are so many differences between names and personalities and accounts between judeo-christian and muslim traditions.
For example, bithiah daughter of Pharoah saved Moses whereas Asiya the wife of Pharaoh saved Prophet Musa .
Father of Maryam according to muslims is Imran (not to be confuseid with Imran father of Miriam sister of Musa)
In Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox tradition, Saint Joachim ("he whom YHWH has set up", Hebrew language: יהוֹיָקִים) was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of the Virgin Mary, and therefore is ascribed the title of "forebearer of God."
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