Zechariah, author of the Biblical book that bears his name, was a prophet and priest born in Babylonia during the Babylonian captivity. He returned to Judah with the first group of Jews in 538 b.c. under the leadership of Zerubbabel (who became governor of Judah) and Joshua (the high priest).
Zechariah wrote the first eight chapters of his book between 519 and 516 b.c., and he most likely wrote the last six chapters sometime after 480 b.c. Zechariah, along with Haggai, helped bring the people of Judah together to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. His book contains many visions of the future (often apocalyptic in style), including several Messianic prophesies about Jesus such as His entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey (9:9), His betrayal for 30 pieces of silver (11:12-13), and His crucifixion and piercing (12:10; 13:7).
The name Zechariah means “the Lord (i.e. Yahweh) remembers.” The Lord is sovereign and remembers His people throughout all of history, past, present, and future.