Melchizedek priesthood

Melchizedek Priesthood

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The Melchizedek priesthood is the name of several priesthoods in different religions. Priesthood is generally attributed to Melchizedek as he is the first individual to be given the title Kohen (priest) in the bible (Torah).

The Biblical Melchizedek

Melchizedek is a figure in the Hebrew Bible. There is no other evidence other than the Biblical record that indicates that Melchizedek was a historical figure. Some scholars maintain that grammar and stylistic considerations indicate that the account of Melchizedek is a later because of the mention of Abraham.

In Psalms

In some translations, the Book of Psalms names Melchizedek as representative of the priestly line through which a future king of Israel's Davidic line was ordained. Alternatively, it may be more accurate that this term was here intended to be treated as an agglutinated improper noun, and thus translated as rightful king rather than left as Melchizedek; this interpretation is taken by some modern translations, such as the New JPS Tanakh.

In Judaism

Torah Laws stipulate that only the descendants of Ahron of the tribe of Levi be commissioned to serve as priests (known as Kohanim) before YHWH, the God of Israel. This commision is believed in Judaism to be a Brith Kehunath Olam (a covenant of everlasting priesthood) and not eligible for replacement by other tribes of Israel.

Judaic midrash (exegesis) identifies Melchizedek with Shem the son of Noah.

Although the Old Testament ("Torah") affirms that...
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