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Mel·chiz·e·dek 1

In the Bible, the high priest and king of Salem who blessed Abraham.

[Hebrew malkî-ṣedeq : melek, king; see mlk in Semitic roots + , my + ṣedeq, righteousness; see ṣdq in Semitic roots.]

Mel·chiz·e·dek 2

n. Mormon Church
The higher order of priesthood.

[After Melchizedek.]

Mel·chiz′e·dek′ adj.
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(Bible) Old Testament the priest-king of Salem who blessed Abraham (Genesis 14:18–19) and was taken as a prototype of Christ's priesthood (Hebrews 7). Douay spelling: Melchisedech
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(mɛlˈkɪz ɪˌdɛk)

1. a priest and king of Salem. Gen. 14:18.
2. the higher order of priests in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Whereas Elliott was criticized for suggesting that Abraham was not a monotheist and that Malchizedek blessed Abraham by Baal, (34) Francisco clearly followed Albrecht Alt's tradition-historical thesis that distinguished between the gods of the fathers as different deities that were only later combined into YHWH.
Melchizedek (malchizedek, "my king is righteousness") is mentioned in Genesis 14.
Although a later tradition links the Mount Moriah of the Akeda with the hill in Jerusalem (Temple Mount) where David was to build an altar to God (I Chronicles 21:18) and which is referred to as Mount Moriah (II Chronicles 3:1), and the city Salem, whose king was the mysterious Malchizedek (Genesis 14:18) is identified as Jerusalem, these were not sufficient to consider Jerusalem, which had not been occupied by Israelites until the time of David, as a place to worship God, by contrast with Bet El, Beer Sheva, Hebron or even Shechem.