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Melchizedek is an important Bible figure. The High Priestly ministry of Jesus is patterned after the Order of Melchizedek.

Who is Melchizedek?

Melchisedec - A Character Study
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Jesus (pre-incarnate) / Christophany
 
  22 votes 44.0%

Other
 
  19 votes 38.0%

A Caananite king
 
  8 votes 16.0%

Shem (son of Noah)
 
  1 vote 2.0%

Archangel Michael
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Elohim
 
  0 votes 0.0%

50 total votes

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message 1: by Jesse (new)

Jesse The writer of Hebrews is using Melchizedek to make the point that Christ's priesthood is valid. Not that Melchizedek is some sort of pre-incarnate Christ. Just my opinion of course.


message 2: by Robert (new)

Robert Dallmann Jesse wrote: "The writer of Hebrews is using Melchizedek to make the point that Christ's priesthood is valid. Not that Melchizedek is some sort of pre-incarnate Christ. Just my opinion of course."

Curious, the author of Hebrews is jumping off from some OT Scriptures. Are those Scriptures simply validations of Jesus?


message 3: by Dwight (new)

Dwight Stone Melchizedek is a Christophany, which doesn't appear to be one of the options.


message 4: by Robert (new)

Robert Dallmann Dwight wrote: "Melchizedek is a Christophany, which doesn't appear to be one of the options."

That would fall under a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus.


message 5: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Kanas It's definitely a mystery, but given the high and Holy respect my money is on a preincarnate Jesus


message 6: by Robert (new)

Robert Dallmann Christopher wrote: "It's definitely a mystery, but given the high and Holy respect my money is on a preincarnate Jesus"

I agree... there is nothing definite in Scripture... but when you compare the Bible attributes ascribed to Melchisedec with those of Jesus...

...it is difficult (not impossible) to arrive at any other conclusion.

This subject intrigued me so much that I wrote a book about Melchisedec...

Melchisedec - A Character Study


message 7: by Alford (new)

Alford Wayman Nice discussion! I am of the opinion that this person originally was seen as both king and priest fulfilling the double role, like the Davidic Kings, as mentioned in the commentary of the JPS Jewish Study Bible. Many stories were created about this person and his role in Jewish literature and Dead Sea Scrolls. 11Q13 being one apocalyptic DSS scroll on the topic, as the community was concerned with temple purity and Roman forced assimilation policies.

The writer of the Christian text "The Letter to the Hebrews" was a Christian trying to convince Jews to be Christians and in this example was using Melchizedek as a model to make christian theology more palatable for proselytizing to Jews. Later Jewish writers would pen views to counter act the views taken on by early Christians.

So depending on your belief system Melchizedek can be almost anything the theology want to make him. Mormons had a huge fascination with him. But reading all the literature about this figure is quite amazing and seeing how ideas changed about Melchizedek and his roles changed though history is worth the read and study. Even as a non-believer I found it amazing to go though.


message 8: by Robert (new)

Robert Dallmann Alford wrote: "Even as a non-believer I found it amazing to go though..."

Hi Alford, I wrote a book about Melchisedec and there is a Goodreads giveaway going on now. Maybe you would like to enter the contest.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts if you win the book.

Melchisedec - A Character Study


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Worthey Smith I am in the Christophany camp. I find no evidence to support the other possibilities.
Presuming that is the case, I have always appreciated that Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. Abraham's descendants especially Levi - still in Abraham's loins - met Christ!


message 10: by Robert (new)

Robert Dallmann Lisa wrote: "I am in the Christophany camp. I find no evidence to support the other possibilities.
Presuming that is the case, I have always appreciated that Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. Abraham's descendant..."


My response: AMEN! and AMEN!

Think about that... Abraham (the Father of Faith) gave tithes to Melchizedek (a New Covenant High Priest)!

That is powerful!


message 11: by Nathan (last edited Jun 26, 2017 01:17AM) (new)

Nathan Chattaway What we can say about Melchizedek is that he becomes a useful litmus test for your hermeneutic. If your interpretive method can't deal with him, you probably need to adjust. He just appears in scripture with no lineage etc. Hebrews draws some long bows. Yet Hebrews is inspired. Hyper literalists, take note!


message 12: by Robert (new)

Robert Dallmann Doesn't the following eliminate the Shem option?

Hebrews 7:3 - "He is without father or mother or genealogy..."

We have quite a bit of detail about Shem's genealogy and his parents!


message 13: by Robert (new)

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