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Melchizedek As Priest Of The Jerusalem Temple In Talmud, Midrash, And Targum

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This chapter provides some of the basic information which they share among themselves, as they seek to expound Melchizedek and his place in respect of the Temple, its institutions, and its worship. The conviction that Melchizedek was high priest of the Jerusalem sanctuary is remarkably well embedded in Rabbinic texts. He knows the halakhot of the high priestly office; he is directly associated with the most holy offering of the Bread of the Presence; he has knowledge of the wine libations; and he presided at Noah's great sacrifice at the flood. In all this, it seems that the Rabbinic writers most certainly perceive in Melchizedek a figure of continuity.

Keywords: Jerusalem Temple; Melchizedek; Midrash; Talmud; Targum

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