In this verse Zacharias is struck Dumb.... Luke 1:20 (20) And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. In this verse, it appears that Zacharias is also deaf... (why would they have to sign to him if he could hear?) Luke 1:62 (62) And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. Now my questions are... assuming he was deaf: Was he deaf from birth? Was he struck deaf as well as dumb? Was his deafness cured at the same time his dumbness was, or did he remain deaf? Can "Dumb" also mean deaf? For it says, "And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak" It seems that there are 2 things going on here, why would he say "and"?