"Paul isolated an outstanding fact respecting Melchizedek, in saying of him: `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.' (Heb 7:3) Like other humans, Melchizedek was born and he died. However, the names of his father and mother are not furnished, his ancestry and posterity are not disclosed, and the Scriptures contain no information about the beginning of his days or the end of his life. Thus, Melchizedek could fittingly foreshadow Jesus Christ, who has an unending priesthood. As Melchizedek had no recorded predecessor or successor in his priesthood, so too Christ was preceded by no high priest similar to himself, and the Bible shows that none will ever succeed him." - Insight.
--- In JWquestionsemail@example.com, "John" <John@...> wrote:
> Hebrews 7
> This has been brought to my attention in another place:
> 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; Melchisedec had no father or mother. He was never born (he just appeared ready-made by God) and he never died.
> 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
> 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
> What should we make of this? Is he still around? Does he have an email account? Is Melchisedec Dr Who's real name :-)
> Or do we apply Occam's Razor and consider a more prosaic explanation?
> < Melchisedec > is a noun that has got mistranslated into someone's name.