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The Melchizedek Tradition

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Contemporary scholarship does not furnish a consensus concerning the possible provenance of 2 (Slavonic) Enoch. In the context of the ambiguity and uncertainty about the cultural and theological origins of 2 Enoch, even distant voices of certain theological themes in the text become very important. One of these important theological reminiscences of 2 Enoch is the theme of Melchizedek the legendary priest of God Most High. Before giving an exposition of the content of the story it is worth mentioning that for a long time the legend was considered to be an interpolation in the text of 2 Enoch. The analysis of Shem traditions in the Melchizedek story reveals also some references to the Noachic tradition. According to scholars, Melch. has important similar features with traditions associated with Sethian gnosticism.

Keywords: 2 (Slavonic) Enoch; Melchizedek tradition; Noachic tradition; Sethian gnosticism; Shem traditions



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