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People: Melchizedek

Melchizedek

The priest-king of Salem encountered by Abraham.

Background

Melchizedek was king of Salem and a priest of God. After Abraham defeated the invading kings who had captured his nephew Lot, he met Melchizedek, who blessed him.  Psalm 110 referred to a king who would be "a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."  The book of Hebrews speaks of the priesthood of Christ on the basis of these texts.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus