The Melchizedek Tradition: A Critical Examination of the Sources to the Fifth Century A.D. and in the Epistle to the Hebrews

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 22, 2005 - Religion - 208 pages
This monograph seeks to answer the question why Melchizedek, who is a minor figure in the Old Testament, is selected by the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews to represent the priesthood of Christ. In the course of his study, Professor Horton surveys the traditions about Melchizedek from the Old Testment period, in Philo, Josephus and Qumran, to the later sources in Rabbinical and patristic writings and the Gnosticism. The book concludes with a critical examination of the claims made for the dependence of Hebrews on the Qumran figure and tradition. The author finally rejects this interpretation in favour of a source and background for Hebrews in an independent and largely original interpretation of the Old Testament passages.
 

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Excellent review of the literature! I would have liked to have seen a review of the Mormon Church's take on the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Contents

Philo Qumran
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The Early Church and
87
Gnosticism page
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Melchizedek and the Epistle to the
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