Melchizedek (“my king [is] righteous[ness]”) is introduced as the king of (Jeru)Salem, and priest of El Elyon (“God most high”).
Melchizedek is mentioned 3 times in the Bible; in Genesis, in Psalms, and in Hebrews.
Here’s the context of Melchizedek’s story… Lot and his family had been taken hostage in a war between 9 kings who lived in kingdoms surrounding Sodom. Abram, with the help of an elite fighting squad of 318 household servants, had rescued his nephew in a daring night maneuver.
It is on Abram’s return home that we’re introduced to Melchizedek:
“Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine: and he was [is] the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, “Blessed be Abram to the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth, And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand”. And he gave him…
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