Serious of demeanor, a life-size statue of the prophet Zechariah looks out at visitors to the Moses Fountain at the Chartruese de Champmol monastery in Dijon, France. The fountain was crafted by sculptor Claus Sluter in about 1400.

Zechariah, the next-to-last of the so-called Minor Prophets, was active in about 520 B.C., during the reign of the Persian king Darius I, a period marked by the return of the Israelite exiles from Babylon. Like many of his fellow prophets, Zechariah foretells of the reconciliation between God and his people: “ ‘I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them …. Though I scattered them among the nations, yet in far countries they shall remember me, and with their children they shall live and return. I will bring them home from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria; and I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, till there is no room for them’ ” (Zechariah 10:6, 9–10).