A Historical and Theological Survey of the Person of Melchizedek in Genesis, Psalms, and Hebrews
AbstractThis biblical and theological survey concentrates on the significant theological implicationsof Melchizedek reflected in the books of Genesis, Psalms, and Hebrews. This mysteriousname and personality speak of its importance and significance in sacred canon of Genesis,Psalms, and Hebrews. This paper focused on the analysis of the commonality and uniquenessof Melchizedek‟s role in every reference cited in the biblical books. Moses‟ mentions ofMelchizedek in Genesis were considered in determining his historical background. David‟sassertions of Melchizedek in Psalms show connection between Melchizedek and Jesus.Moreover, Paul pointed Melchizedek in Hebrews in connection to the new order ofpriesthood of Jesus Christ. This study explained in some details the superiority ofMelchizedek‟s priesthood over the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood, as well as the superiorityof Christ‟s priesthood over both Melchizedek‟s and Aaron‟s priesthood. The findingspresented in this study indicate that though Melchizedek is little mentioned of in Scripture, hewas an important figure closely tied to the significance of priesthood in Scriptures in relationto human salvation. He serves as a type of Christ, one who resembles the Heavenly KingPriest.
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