Prof. M. M. Ninan
Melkizedec, Salem, and El Elyon
Gen 14:20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!" And Abramgave him a tenth of everything.
What is in a Name?.
Mel-kiz'e-dek, (malki-tsedheq, "Tsedheq, or Tsidhiq is my king" or “King Righteous”) (Gen14:18- .; Psa 110:4); Melchisedek (Heb 5:6, Heb 5:10; Heb 6:20; Heb 7:1, Heb 7:10-11, Heb7:15, Heb 7:17)): The name is explained in Heb 7:2 as "king of righteousness."Some others propose that “Melchizedek” means “My god is Zedek.” Zedek was the nameof another Canaanite/Phoenician diety worshipped at the time of Abram Then he is also kingof Salem, that is, king of peace.We can look upon the name in two ways
(1) The name “Melchizedek” may not be a proper name at all, but a metaphoric title.“Melchizedek” translated means “Legitimate King,” “the Rightful King” or “RighteousKing.”The word “Salem” translated, simply means “peace.”It may, therefore also be hypothesized that Melchizedek was not literally the king of the cityof Jerusalem, but was metaphorically the “King of Peace,” a title like Isaiah’s “Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9.6) Some have even suggested that since Melchizedek is called “The Kingof Peace,” Melchizedek was the “Father” of the “Prince of Peace.” The very attempt of Heb7 indicates that the names are allegorical and amenable to spiritual interpretation.These are however spiritualization of a historical figure. Paul is the only person in the Bible