Mysterious Melchizedek

Deborah W. Rooke

in Zadok's Heirs

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269984
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600722 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Mysterious Melchizedek

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Discusses the figure of Melchizedek in Genesis 14: 18–20 and Psalm 110: 4. Melchizedek is described as both a king and a priest and could therefore provide a model or precedent for a ruling high priest. After a review of scholarship on both passages, the conclusion is that Melchizedek is a figure of sacral monarchy, not of ruling priesthood. He, therefore, provides ideological support not for a ruling high priesthood but for the Israelites’ own sacral monarchy.

Keywords: Genesis 14: 18–20; Melchizedek; Psalm 110: 4

Chapter.  11138 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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