The prophet Zechariah was a Levite born in Babylon (Nehemiah 12:1
). He was the son of Berechiah and the grandson of Iddo the priest (Zechariah 1:1
). Ezra and Nehemiah referred to him as “a descendant of Iddo” (Ezra 5:1
; Nehemiah 12:4
), implying perhaps that his father had died young and Zechariah became the successor of his grandfather (Nehemiah 12:4,16).