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- From Baker's Theological Dictionary entry on Zechariah:
- New Testament Usage. The New Testament quotes Zechariah seventy-one times. Thirty-one of these are in Revelation and twenty-seven in the Gospels. The second half of Zechariah is the source of the more familiar passages cited in the New Testament. For example, Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey shows that he is the king whom the prophet foretold (Zech 9:9-10; Matt 21:4-5; John 12:14-15). For betraying the Lord, the chief priests paid Judas thirty pieces of silver (Matt 26:31), which he subsequently cast into the temple (Matt 27:3-5). Matthew interpreted this to be a fulfillment of the Old Testament (cf. Matt 27:9, which mentions Jeremiah but is a quote from Zech 11:12-13). Zechariah 13:7 says, "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered." This was fulfilled when the disciples abandoned Jesus during the trial and crucifixion (Matt 26:31,56). A double fulfillment is recorded for Zechariah 12:10, which predicts mourning for a pierced one by those who pierced him: first, when Jesus' side was pierced on the cross (John 19:34-37), and second, when Jesus returns at the end of time (Rev 1:7).