Melchizedek


1Mel·chiz·e·dek

noun \mel-ˈki-zə-ˌdek\

Definition of MELCHIZEDEK

:  a priest-king of Jerusalem who prepared a ritual meal for Abraham and received tithes from him

Origin of MELCHIZEDEK

Greek Melchisedek, from Hebrew Malkīṣedheq
First Known Use: 14th century

2Melchizedek

adjective

Definition of MELCHIZEDEK

:  of or relating to the higher order of the Mormon priesthood

First Known Use of MELCHIZEDEK

1842

Melchizedek

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Canaanite king and priest revered by Abraham. In the Book of Genesis, Abraham rescues his kidnapped nephew, Lot, from the Mesopotamians, and on returning from battle he meets Melchizedek, king of Salem (probably another name for Jerusalem), who gives him bread and wine and blesses him in the name of “God Most High.” St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews treats Melchizedek as a foreshadowing of Christ.

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