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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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15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
The Bible class on Wednesday evening was led by Kevin Waterhouse, & the subject presented by David Gore was " Melchisedec." The Sunday services were taken by James Walker & the talks given by Roger Eglen from Halifax Balmoral.
In last week's issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter, our police blotter had an item about Melchisedec Rodriguez, a man with an unusual first name.
Melchisedec, Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Readers of these tales recall that Day Two's queen, Filomena, has already expressed her views on how human foolishness and wisdom may cause misery or bring about consolation, when in Day One she prefaces her tale of Melchisedec, a man who extricates himself very cleverly from a virtually inescapable trap by narrating a story:
We are not a nation, so much as a world; for unless we may claim all the world for our sire, like Melchisedec, we are without father or mother.
Te Whiti, for example, sometimes called himself the King of Peace, a reference to the Old Testament character, Melchisedec, King of Salem.
In a brief biographical sketch of Alfredo Barone, my grandfather Melchisedec Barone noted that after conversion: Alfredo "was disowned by his aristocratic parents.
Visscher map of Eendracht Land published in 1649 (26), and Melchisedec Thevenot's Hollandia Nova which first appeared in a travel book Relations de divers voyages curieux in 1663.
On the 3rd of May 1859 the government lead by Mihail Koganiceanu was established, and the archimandrite Melchisedec Stefanescu was appointed as head of the Cults Department (30th of April 1860); he had to help Kogalniceanu in solving the difficult problem of secularization of monastery properties.
Ransom goes on to explain that the Pendragon Arthur sits there in the hall of King Melchisedec, along with Enoch, Elias, and Moses; "for Arthur did not die; but Our Lord took him" (322).