(Melchizedek Communique, MC112308) Not much is known about Melchizedek, although there is frequent conjecture.
"For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him; and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace." (Hebrews 7: 1-2)
"See how great he is! Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of the spoils." (Hebrews 7: 4)
Only one tractate of the Nag Hammadi corpus features, or even names, Melchizedek. "Its title is partially preserved on one of the fragments making up page 1 of Codex IX. Unfortunately, this codex is in a rather bad state of preservation. Only 19 lines of text (out of approximately 745) from the tractate Melchizedek are completely preserved, and less than 50 percent of the total text is recoverable even by means of conjectural restoration." (The Nag Hammadi Library by James M. Robinson, General Editor)
The Nag Hammadi tractate, Melchizedek, "contains revelations putatively given by heavenly intermediaries to Melchizedek, who communicates the revelations to a privileged few." One of the heavenly informants, Gamaliel, proclaims, "I am Gamaliel, who was sent to [...] the congregation of the children of Seth, who are above thousands and thousands and myriads of myriads of the aeons..." (Robinson, op. cit.)
Albert G. Mackey's Lexicon of Freemasonry notes that Melchizedek is supposed by some to have been Shem, the son of Noah. Robinson (op. cit.) mentions a circa 4th-century Christian sect who called themselves the Melchizedekians.
W. Bro.G.C.Love, PJGD, of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria, Australia, notices the etymology of "Melchizedek": Heb: malki-tsedhek, king of righteousness. Melk = “King”, with Tsedeq = Pillar. ("MELCHISEDEK - An Appraisal")
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772), the mystic and theologian, says that besides being an historical figure, Melchizedek has an esoteric meaning. Melchizedek "brought forth bread and wine" after Abraham had defeated Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. (Genesis 17: 18) To "bring forth bread" signifies celestial things and refreshment from them. To "bring forth wine" signifies spiritual things and refreshment from them. "And because 'bread' signifies celestial things, and 'wine' spiritual things, they were made symbols also in the Holy Supper." (Arcana Coelestia, n. 1727)
Melchizedek is a puzzle to be solved. He seems to appear from nowhere in the Biblical account, is briefly mentioned, and thereafter not much is heard of Melchizedek. And yet it is through the power of "Melchizedek" that we shall defeat Cthulhu.
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