The priest-king of Salem encountered by Abraham

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.

Photo of 7th century mosaic of Melchizedek by Lawrence OP, used under creative commons.

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