Melchizedek, “king of righteousness”. Melchizedek was the king of Salem and priest of El Elyon (often translated as God most high) mentioned in the 14th chapter of the Book of Genesis. He brings out bread and wine and blesses Abram and El Elyon. Chazalic literature—specifically: Targum Jonathan, Targum Yerushalmi, and the Babylonian Talmud—presents the name, as a nickname title for Shem, the son of Noah. In Christianity, according to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Jesus Christ is identified as “a priest forever in the Order of Melchizedek”, and so Jesus assumes the role of High Priest once and for all. The reference between the Messiah and Melchizedek appears in subsequent biblical verses: It is speculated that the story of Melchizedek are an informal insertion into the narration, possibly inserted in order to give validity to the priesthood and tithes connected with the Second Temple. His name indicates he may have worshipped Zedek, a Canaanite deity worshipped in pre-Israelite Jerusalem. In the majority of Masoretic Hebrew texts the name is written as two words, Meleḵi-ṣedeq rendered in one word in both the Septuagint and Vulgate. The Authorised King James Version of 16 11 renders the name Melchizedek when translating from the Hebrew, and Melchisedec in the New Testament. The name is composed from the two elements melek-h) “king” and ṣedeq, which means either “righteousness” or the proper name “Zedek”With the addition of the hiriq compaginis (-ī) indicating the archaic construct form, malk-ī means “king of”, so that the name literally translates to “King of Righteousness” or “my king is Zedek”, indicating that he worshipped Zedek, a Canaanite deity worshipped in pre-Israelite Jerusalem. The name is formed in parallel with Adoni-ṣedeq also a king of Salem, mentioned in the Book of Joshua (10-1–3)where the element malik “king” is replaced by adon “lord”. Please watch the video for more information on the Melchizedek the King of Righteousness or visit the channel for much more: mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on Youtube.
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