Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the Bible, the high priest and king of Salem who blessed Abraham.
  • n. Mormon Church The higher order of priesthood.

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  • proper n. A king and priest mentioned in the book of Genesis; contemporary of Abraham.
  • n. A very large champagne bottle (named after the King) with the capacity of about 30 liters, equivalent to 40 standard bottles.

Etymologies

Hebrew malkî-ṣedeq : melek, king; see mlk in Semitic roots + , my + ṣedeq, righteousness; see ṣdq in Semitic roots.
After Melchizedek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק (malki-tsédek). The name literally means “righteousness is my king”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to Hebrews 7:2, “The name Melchizedek means ‘king of justice,’ and king of Salem means ‘king of peace.’”

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  • In Genesis 14, Melchizedek is the priest-king of Jerusalem who blesses Abraham in the name of ‘God Most High, Maker of Heaven and Earth, †™ the ‘God who gave Abraham†™ s enemies into his power.

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  • The name Melchizedek is composed of two Hebrew words; melek means "king" and tsedek means

    Our Man In Heaven: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • He saw in Melchizedek one made like unto the Son of God, and a priest for ever; he saw an appearance of Jehovah, attended with two angels, in the plains of Mamre.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • Likewise, the titles Melchizedek and Archangel Michael "contain the root" El. "

    GetReligion

  • Let us consider Melchizedek as being a Hierarch, most dear to God; (not of gods which are not, but of the truly most high God); for the godly-wise did not call Melchizedek simply dear to God, but also Priest, in order that they may clearly shew to the wise, that not only was he himself turned to the true

    Dionysius the Areopagite, Works (1897)

  • Saladin, -- whose valour was such that not only from a man of little account it made him Soldan of Babylon, but gained him many victories over kings Saracen and Christian, -- having in divers wars and in the exercise of his extraordinary munificences expended his whole treasure and having an urgent occasion for a good sum of money nor seeing whence he might avail to have it as promptly as it behoved him, called to mind a rich Jew, by name Melchizedek, who lent at usance in

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Wits spoke of him secretly as if he were a kind of Melchizedek, without father or mother of any kind; sometimes, with reference to his great historic and statistic knowledge, and the vivid way he had of expressing himself like an eye-witness of distant transactions and scenes, they called him the _Ewige Jude_, Everlasting, or as we say,

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

  • Zohar Genesis 87a, commenting on this passage, says, "'Melchizedek' alludes to the lower world, and 'king of Salem' to the upper world; and the verse indicates that both are intertwined inseparably, two worlds like one, so that the lower world also is the whole, and the whole is one."

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  • Melchizedek Maquiso/Reuters Students performed during the Paladong festival in Hinatuan, southern Philippines, Sunday.

    Asia in Pictures

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