ABC:Zechariah 11

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Verse 12

Jim Meritt of states twice that a contradiction exists here, asking "Who bought the potter's field?"[1] Meritt notes of Matthew 27:9-10 "(mentions Jeremy but no such verse in Jeremiah) is in Zechariah 11:12-13" and of Zechariah 11:12-13 "(Note: There is nothing in Jeremiah remotely like this.)"

Meritt makes a serious mistake in assuming the verse would need to be in the book of Jeremiah, first of all, since Jeremiah is also believed to have authored the books of 1 Kings, 2 Kings, and Lamentations.

Secondly, Meritt is incorrect that no similar verses exist in the book of Jeremiah, as Jeremiah does speak of a field's purchase with 17 pieces of silver. The field mentioned was in Anathoth which like the field Judas bought in Aceldama would have been very close to Jerusalem.[2] If so, this may have been an early precursor to the prophecy of Zechariah 11:12-13.

Jeremiah also contains a prophecy which involves Jeremiah buying a "potter's earthen bottle", going to the "valley of the son of Hinnom" (exactly where Judas' field of Aceldama was), and prophesying an "evil upon this place".

There is an excellent note in "Hard Sayings of the Bible" by Kaiser et. al. for Matthew 27:9-10:

Furthermore, as Apologetics Press writers Dave Miller and and Eric Lyons point out, Matthew 27 never said that Jeremiah wrote the prophecy, only that he spoke it.[4] Because of that fact alone, this cannot be considered a contradiction. Since Jeremiah lived shortly before Zechariah, it is quite possible Zechariah was reporting an earlier prophecy spoken by Jeremiah just as Paul and the Gospel authors later reported what Jesus spoke. Miller and Lyons also reference verses related to potters such as Jeremiah 18:2-3, 19:1-2, and 19:11.


  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from
  2. Bible History Online. Aceldama. Retrieved from
    Bible History Online. Anathoth. Retrieved from
  3. Kaiser, Davids, Bruce, & Brauch (2004). Hard Sayings of the Bible. p. 399. Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Retrieved from Where was the Judas quote from, actually? Retrieved from
  4. Miller, D. & Lyons, E. (2004). Who was Matthew quoting? Apologetics Press. Retrieved from