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Melchizedek: King of righteousness, the king of Salem (q.v.). All we know of him is recorded in (Genesis 14:18-20) He is subsequently mentioned only once in the Old Testament, in (Psalms 110:4) The typical significance of his history is set forth in detail in the Epistle to the Hebrews, (He 7:1-28) The apostle there points out the superiority of his priesthood to that of Aaron in these several respects,

1. Even Abraham paid him tithes;

2. he blessed Abraham;

3. he is the type of a Priest who lives for ever;

4. Levi, yet unborn, paid him tithes in the person of Abraham;

5. the permanence of his priesthood in Christ implied the abrogation of the Levitical system;

6. he was made priest not without an oath; and

7. his priesthood can neither be transmitted nor interrupted by death: "this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood." The question as to who this mysterious personage was has given rise to a great deal of modern speculation. It is an old tradition among the Jews that he was Shem, the son of Noah, who may have survived to this time. Melchizedek was a Canaanitish prince, a worshipper of the true God, and in his peculiar history and character an instructive type of our Lord, the great High Priest (Hebrews 5:6,7; 6:20) One of the Amarna tablets is from Ebed-Tob, king of Jerusalem, the successor of Melchizedek, in which he claims the very attributes and dignity given to Melchizedek in the Epistle to the Hebrews.

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