A Historical and Theological Survey of the Person of Melchizedek in Genesis, Psalms, and Hebrews
Keywords:Levitical Priest, Melchizedek, Jesus, Priesthood
This biblical and theological survey concentrates on the significant theological implications
of Melchizedek reflected in the books of Genesis, Psalms, and Hebrews. This mysterious
name 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 uniqueness
of Melchizedek‟s role in every reference cited in the biblical books. Moses‟ mentions of
Melchizedek in Genesis were considered in determining his historical background. David‟s
assertions of Melchizedek in Psalms show connection between Melchizedek and Jesus.
Moreover, Paul pointed Melchizedek in Hebrews in connection to the new order of
priesthood of Jesus Christ. This study explained in some details the superiority of
Melchizedek‟s priesthood over the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood, as well as the superiority
of Christ‟s priesthood over both Melchizedek‟s and Aaron‟s priesthood. The findings
presented in this study indicate that though Melchizedek is little mentioned of in Scripture, he
was an important figure closely tied to the significance of priesthood in Scriptures in relation
to human salvation. He serves as a type of Christ, one who resembles the Heavenly KingPriest.
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