III. The Prophet Zephaniah
Nothing is known about the prophet except what the book tells us. The superscription and the material of the book places him in the early years of the reign of Josiah. His genealogy is traced back to a certain Hezekiah (1:1). Four generations earlier would be about the time of the reign of King Hezekiah (715-686 b.c.). Also, the sermons reflect both a knowledge of the palace and a lack of interest in the poor. For these reasons it may be suggested that Zephaniah was the descendant of King Hezekiah.