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Zechariah ben Jehoiada
Zechariah ben Jehoiada

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As his final living act, this 9th century BC Jewish priest, prophet, and judge censured his father-in-law, the king, for rebelling against God. This angered the king so much that he had Zechariah gruesomely killed in the Temple, leaving bloodstains all over the courtyard. Years later, when Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian army showed up to destroy the Temple and send the Jews into exile, Zechariah’s bloodstains began to mysteriously boil. It took some asking around, but once the Babylonian army sussed out that Zechariah’s blood was demanding vengeance for his death, they appeased the dead prophet by slaying not only the king and the upper and lower court that had ordered his death, but also scores of young priests and school children. They slaughtered 940,000 people to placate Zechariah and still his blood continued to boil. Having killed all of these people to no avail, Nebuzar-adan, the captain of Nebuchadnezzar army, cried out: "Zechariah, Zechariah, for thee I have slain the best of them; wouldst thou that I destroy them all?" And, at these words, the blood finally stopped boiling.