posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 07:35 PM
Jewish legend is that he was actually Shem, son of Noah. Melchizedek was king of Salem and Abraham offered tithes to him. This would seem to support
the legend of him being Shem, who at this time, some 400 years after the flood, was probably the sole survivor of said flood and would be held in high
esteem by the faithful Abraham.
This account is found beginning at Hebrews 6:20; 'where a forerunner has entered in our behalf, Jesus, who has become a high priest according to the
manner of Mel·chiz´e·dek forever.
7:1 For this Mel·chiz´e·dek, king of Sa´lem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed
him 2 and to whom Abraham apportioned a tenth from all things, is first of all, by translation, “King of Righteousness,” and is then also king of
Sa´lem, that is, “King of Peace.” 3 In being fatherless, motherless, without genealogy, having neither a beginning of days nor an end of life,
but having been made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
The point is being made here that Jesus is, not only King but, also, Priest, something that was not allowed in the ancient theocratic kingdom of
Israel. You can read more in the book of Hebrews ch. 7