Melchizedek and the King of Peace

“For this Melchisedech was king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him: To whom also Abraham divided the tithes of all: who first indeed by interpretation is king of justice: and then also king of Salem, that is, king of peace: Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continueth a priest for ever…

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens: Who needeth not daily (as the other priests) to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, in offering himself. For the law maketh men priests, who have infirmity: but the word of the oath (which was since the law) the Son who is perfected for evermore.” (Heb 7:1-3,26-28)

Melchizedek (wearing a crown since he is king of Salem, and anachronistically wearing a mitznefet since he is a priest of God) meets Abraham:

Melchizedek (left) next to Abraham (Chartres Cathedral):

A true saint, mentioned in the Roman Canon:

Here the meeting takes place in Early Netherlandish dress:

At the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major:

Jesus Christ, High Priest, flanked by Priest-King Melchizedek (bottom right):


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