The writer shows that Christ is superior to the Levitical priesthood established in the Old Testament, demonstrating that the only priesthood existing today is Christ, in the order of Melchizedek. Verses outline the history of Melchizedek, while verses illustrate His superiority to Levi. Now, there are men who function as priests today, and there are even some who take the role of high priest upon themselves. However, when one reads the Bible, it is clear that the only priesthood that exists today, with the approval of God, is the Melchizedekian priesthood, and the only high priest who functions today, with the approval of God, is Jesus Christ, Himself.
Josephus refers to Melchizedek as a "Canaanite chief" in War of the Jewsbut as a priest in Antiquities of the Jews. Philo identifies Melchizedek with the Logos as priest of God,  and honoured as an untutored priesthood. The child came out from his mother after she had died and sat on the bed beside her corpse, already physically developed, clothed, speaking and blessing the Lord, and marked with the badge of priesthood.
In this eschatological text, Melchizedek is seen as a divine being and Hebrew titles such as Elohim are applied to him. According to this text Melchizedek will proclaim the "Day of Atonement " and he will atone for the people who are predestined to him.
He also will judge the peoples. The meeting site has been associated with Emek Yehoshaphat the Valley of Josaphat.
Upon exiting Salem, he presented to them "bread and wine" with the intent to refresh them from their journey. The Talmud Bavli attributes him Shem and his beth din court of justice as pioneers in banning prostitution Avodah Zarah p.
Brith HaKehuna Although Melchizedek is the first person in the Torah to be titled a Kohen priestthe medrash records that he was preceded in priesthood kehuna by Adam. Melchizedek called Jerusalem "Salem.
The Rabbis said that Melchizedek instructed Abram in the Torah. The Talmud teaches that David wrote the Book of Psalmsincluding in it the work of the elders, including Melchizedek. Melchizedek priesthood In the New Testamentreferences to Melchizedek appear only in the Epistle to the Hebrews later 1st century ADthough these are extensive Hebrews 5: Jesus Christ is there identified as a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek quoting from Ps.
Here it is proposed that Melchizedek is Jesus Christ. The Coming of the Son of God Melchizedek speaks of his return to bring peace, supported by the gods, and he is a priest-king who dispenses justice.
The Pelagians saw in Melchizedek merely a man who lived a perfect life. Protestantism[ edit ] Traditional Protestant Christian denominations, following Lutherteach that Melchizedek was a historical figure and an archetype of Christ.
These priesthoods are laid out by Smith in Doctrine and Covenants 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.
Melchizedek, whose name means “king of righteousness,” was the ancient priest-king of Salem (Jerusalem), and he gave a blessing to Abraham after the patriarch rescued his nephew Lot from a confederacy of Canaanite rulers.
In Hebrews the KJV reads 'after the order of Melchisedec' while the NIV reads 'you are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek'. In other words, the translators see "in the order" and "after the order" as meaning the same thing.
The order of Melchizedek is the earliest priesthood mentioned in the Bible, with Melchizedek as the first priest mentioned by name in the Holy Scripture.
Psalm of the King James Bible identifies the order of Melchizedek as being the line through which Israel's Davidic king is later ordained. The dual offices of the Order of Melchizedek also explains the fracture line which spit Israel into two kingdoms after the death of Solomon.
The Breach of Jeroboam in B.C. was the great divorce of Israel which divided the nation into two kingdoms. “And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews ) Not only did God appoint Christ and exalt Him with the honor of becoming our High Priest, he also appointed Him a rank in the order of Melchizedek.