Zachariah son of Barachiah (Zacariou uiou Baraciou). Broadus gives well the various alternatives in understanding and explaining the presence of "son of Barachiah" here which is not in Luke 11:51 . The usual explanation is that the reference is to Zachariah the son of Jehoiada the priest who was slain in the court of the temple ( 2 Chronicles 24:20 ff.). How the words, "son of Barachiah," got into Matthew we do not know. A half-dozen possibilities can be suggested. In the case of Abel a reckoning for the shedding of his blood was foretold ( Genesis 4:10 ) and the same thing was true of the slaying of Zachariah ( 2 Chronicles 24:22 ).