A member of the house of David who is mentioned in Haggai (1: 1; 2: 2) along with the high priest Joshua. He was charged to rebuild the Temple. In Zech. (4: 6–10) he is to do the work assisted only by the Spirit of the Lord of Hosts. He refuses any bogus help from self-proclaimed worshippers of Yahweh (Ezra 4: 1–3). It may be that Zerubbabel owed his position as governor (Hag. 1: 1) to Darius I of Persia.