The governor of Judah who helped rebuild the Temple after the exile

Zerubbabel was the grandson of King Jehoiachin and a descendant of David. When Zerubbabel became governor of Judah, he and Joshua the high priest rebuilt the altar and the Temple in Jerusalem.  The prophet Haggai spoke of Zerubbabel as God’s “signet ring” (Hag 2:20-23).  The prophet Zechariah said that Zerubbabel would accomplish his work by the power of God’s spirit (Zech 4:6-10).

Zerubbabel Before Darius by Nikolaus Knüpfer, Hermitage Museum