HAGGAI AND ZECHARIAH 1-8: DIARCHIC MODEL OF LEADERSHIP IN A REBUILDING PHASE

Danie O’Kennedy

Abstract


Yahwists in the post-exilic community in Jerusalem envisioned their future in diverse
ways. The books of Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 emphasize that in a rebuilding phase
God does not merely use a holy place but also special leaders. These books
advocate a diarchic model of leadership in which the responsibilities are shared by
a religious leader (Joshua) and a political leader (Zerubbabel). This article focuses
on this diarchic model of leadership and offers possible responses to the following
questions: What do we know of these two leaders? Why did Joshua need purification
(Zech 3)? Who was the most influential leader or was there a balance of leadership?
Was there conflict between these leaders? The article concludes with a comparison
between the diarchic model of leadership in the post-exilic community in Jerusalem
and leadership in the first years of a new democratic South Africa.

Keywords


Haggai, Zechariah 1-8, Joshua, Zerubbabel, Leadership

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-616

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