in Reformed Expository Commentary

by Richard D. Phillips

4.83 Rank Score: 5.05 from 3 reviews, 0 featured collections, and 4 user libraries
Pages 368
Publisher P&R Publishing
Published 2007
ISBN-13 9781596380288
The book of Zechariah records the prophetic message of Zechariah to the community that had returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile and was charged with rebuilding the temple and city. But the physical return was meant to prompt a spiritual and theological return to faith in the Lord.

Zechariah called the people to such a true return and reassured them of the Lord’s willingness to receive them and restore to them the promised blessings. It is a book with an eschatological perspective of special value to Christians today who labor for reformation and long for revival.

As are all of the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Zechariah is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.


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PastorTimothy72 PastorTimothy72 July 27, 2021
I have become a collector of commentaries ever since my seminary days in the 1990s. As such, I am only going to recommend the best overall commentary for each book of the Bible on this site. (Before each minor prophet recommendation, let me first say that every preacher/teacher should have a copy of James Montgomery Boice's two volume set on the Minor Prophets on his/her bookshelf. That's the starting point, in my opinion). For Zechariah, from the first page on, I was captivated by Phillips' insights in his commentary. Sermonic in nature, you might want to augment his contribution with someone like "God Remembers" by Charles Feinberg, but you will especially appreciate the ideas for illustration and application that you will draw out from Phillips. (Note: Feinberg's dispensational views will come out in his commentary. Even though I do not fall into his theological camp in this regard, I value highly his knowledge and insights).
Readers of this blog will notice that most of the commentaries listed here were also listed as the top 5 on the book of Haggai. The one difference is the volume in the number 1 slot. Richard Phillips commentary on Zechariah combines pastoral sensitivity with scholarly depth, all the while remaining accessible to laymen. That is a considerable feat with a book as difficult as Zechariah. Highly recommended. [Full Review]
R. Hansen R. Hansen May 25, 2009
I love the format. This is the only one I have read from this series but I applaud those who put together this series of expositional commentaries. Covering the whole book and helping with interpretation, but in a way focused on application and teaching. The pastor will find much help here. The average layman will find a good resource to learn and grow that is focused around a book of the Bible. I can easily see this as a great book to have on a church library shelf (especially Reformed types of churches). I must confess I did almost return this book to the library after the first few chapters, not thinking much of it. But I am glad I plowed on. While perhaps not always agreeing with his analysis of the text, he sparked many thoughts and helped much in application.