Who is Melchizedek, King of Salem?


Melchizedek (holding the cup), Chartres Cathedral, France

from Keithpp’s Blog

Who is or was Melchizedek, King of Salem?

Melchizedek appears in “The Alchemist” as a wise old man, who knows the past and appears to know the future. He gives advice to the shepherd boy Santiago re a dream Santiago has had of finding treasure, but he always wakes before the dreams ends. Advice does not come cheap, everything in life has a price, and the old man charges Santiago a tenth of his flock of sheep. But he wishes him well and points him in the right direction of the Pyramids should he wish to find his treasure.

Melchizedek reveals himself to Santiago as the King of Salem. He also gives him two stones Urim and Thummim which will help him to make a decision should he be unable to make a decision himself. He also teaches him how to read the Soul of the World by understanding signs and omens.

Who therefore is or was Melchizedek?

He pops up in Genesis in his encounter with Abraham.

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. [Genesis 14:18-20 NIV]

Whilst unknown to us, he must be known to Abraham, else why hand over ten per cent?

Hebrews sheds a little more light on who Melchizedek might be:

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. [Hebrews 7:3 KJV]

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” [Hebrews 7:1-2 NIV]

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 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. [Hebrews 7:1-2]

Some say he is God, others that he is Jesus. Maybe an avatar of God.

You can read more about Melchizedek in Keith’s Blog

Comments

  1. zbigniew says:

    HI, so many answers…..my answer, is in form of question : who was Melchizedek, Moses, John Baptist, Quetzalcoatl, Merlin ? Advisers, Spiritual Masters, in crucial moments of Human History…..? or Babaji ? If somebody realizes its Real Self, at the end of personal, spiritual journey, it is Timeless Experience : without mother, without father……..returning to worldly consciousness, to help others…

  2. Cupcake says:

    Who is Melchizedek, King of Salem? Gave me a better understanding of the character Melchizedek in the Alchemist. At first I wasn’t quite sure how Melchizedek had to do with Santiago in the story. But, he’s a wise old man who knows about the past and the future. Melchizedek helps Santiago by pointing to the direction of the pyramids where the treasure is. And Santiago soon finds out Melchizedek is the King of Salem.

  3. muhammed says:

    Salemu alaik!

  4. Cristina B. says:

    As Melchisedech obliges man to give him a part of everythig, He/She obliges also man to live in communion with He/She…
    Sly Melchisedech!!!
    Love
    Cris

  5. An amazing post and comments, thankyou again Paulo and Keith!
    After reading The Alchemist several times since 2003, like another person kindly shared here, see something new every reading.
    I get the feeling that Melchizedek was in every character and cared about people very much. Like a mother’s love too.

    Now, today, more grateful for magic moments. The orchestration could not be planned yet a simple thing, like saying goodnight to a friend, was magic. Or yesterday, through a video shared by a friend. This post.
    On the road Monday, a car slightly ahead in the next lane to the right. It’s color was light green metallic, with license plate that read ‘Gypsy 4′ – asked John to read aloud just be sure my eyes were seeing what was right there. And thought of The Alchemist right away – the story about the miner, the emerald, and how the old man took on many forms in order to help others so that they don’t give up. Restoring a little faith.

    A warm greeting for the day, with love,
    Jane

  6. Jessica says:

    Interesting reading :-)

    Have a blessed day all <3

    Love and light Jessica

  7. Allan Avila says:

    Buenas, le saludo cordialmente es para mi usted un maestro de vida. Me parece muy curioso que el universo trate de enseñarme tanto acerca de lo que usted expresa, a lo largo de mi vida León todos sus libros en el momento que mas lo necesitaba llegaban a mi por una u otra razon. El punto es q existe una saga de libros escrito por otro en mi parecer gran escritor y me gustaría q leyera lo que el pone acerca de Malquisedec. Los libros son los llamados Caballo de Troya de J. J Benitez.
    Creo q le interesara mucho y espero con ansia leer mas acerca de lo que usted publica.
    Yo voy tras mi sueño de aportar lo aprendido que es muy poco pero valioso para mi con el mundo mucho lo aprendi leyendo lo que usted escribe.
    Le invito a q lea algún dia mi Blog allanavila.blogspot.com y le vuelvo agradecer por inspirarme a seguir mis sueños. Visite algún dia Costa Rica es pequeño pero cálido y aqui se le admira demasiado y necesitamos promover la lectura porque en nuestra sociedad es algo que se a ido olvidando.

  8. Psalmbody says:

    Ol’ school sentiments of the sentinel ~ a fave :)
    Thanks again, Paulo!

  9. masluz says:

    Viva Jesús !
    Mucho ánimo Ashy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A mí una vez me dijeron : ¨Lo que hay dentro hay fuera¨ Vamos que si tú cambias tu forma de ver y sentir automáticamente cambia todo a tu alrededor, cambian los demás tambien. Yo lo he sentido . Pero hay que saber cambiar de verdad. Aprender de verdad. Sino jamás ocurre profunda y permanentemente. Sino no es verdadero.
    Jesus nos señala el camino pero no puede hacerlo por nosotros.
    Mucha Suerte !!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. ashy says:

      GRACIAS!!!!,A PESAR DE TODO NUNCA DEJE A JESUS.

  10. María says:

    Me gusto mucho su libro El Alquimista, es mi libro preferido, se lo recomiendo a todos mis amigos, le tengo un cariño especial.
    Cuando tomo una decisión me suelo guiar por mi corazón aunque a veces es dificil.
    Me ha encantado la historia.

    1. María says:

      ¿Como puedo poner mi foto de perfil en vez del logo que viene predetermido?

  11. Tina says:

    AVATAR……………..

  12. Tina says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPqVig-ggMw

    Joan As Police Woman – The Magic Lyrics
    Artist: Joan As Police Woman

    I don’t want to tell you what you already know
    This is me you, that you’re talking to
    And anything I say, I have said before
    When will it be enough?

    There’s something, and my mind shifts
    And in my eye, I slip on my ears
    And I find I am face to face with none other than me
    I’ve got the mirror up against the marquee

    And all it reads is I am fine, I am divine
    But there is a wild side going on behind the sign

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m feeling for the right way out of mind
    Looking for the alchemy to release me from my maze
    I am making myself

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m looking for the magic

    Now I do not wanna come off like I am
    I’m losing my head but the shadow inside of me
    Is begging for direction to illicit city
    Ooh, illicit city

    I wanna do better than to fight this life
    ‘Cause it is a dream
    I wonder if the wild animals living in me
    Well, will they ever find freedom?

    All I fear is what I fear, am I a Leviathan?
    I feel the rising of the cove, my ocean opens

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m feeling for the right way out of mind
    Looking for the alchemy to release me from my maze
    I am making myself

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m feeling for the right way out of mind
    Looking for the alchemy to release me from my maze
    I am making myself

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m looking for the magic

    I wanna be bad
    I wanna be bad
    My shadow must find a window
    In the wall

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m feeling for the right way out of mind
    Looking for the alchemy to release me from my maze
    I am making myself

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m feeling for the right way out of mind
    Looking for the alchemy to release me from my maze
    I am making myself

    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m looking for the magic
    I’m looking for the magic

  13. Raj says:

    Gracias Paulo para compartir esta hermoso blog de Melquisedec.Es un misterioso personaje que aparece en la Biblia. El salmo de David num.110 hace una mencion de su santidad. Gracias.

  14. Atreyu says:

    Quizá cuando estaba en medio de la nada, abandonado, herido y sin saber a donde ir, el alquimista apareció en mi vida, empecé a encontrar señales y mensajes, me emocionaba y sorprendía cuando estaba pensando en algo y aparecía algo que me hablaba directamente al corazón, no me lo podía creer, pero era la señal de que había un mundo invisible, en el que reinaba un Rey que se preocupaba por mi y me guiaba, aunque el camino no era fácil, no estaba solo, nunca más lo estaría, sabía que alguien estaba a mi lado, me aconsejaba y dirigía mis pasos, solo había que escuchar, resistir y caminar…

    No he llegado donde quiero, pero sin duda voy en la dirección adecuada, lo se por el paisaje, se que cada vez estoy más cerca, también porque los compañeros salen a recibirme, sin mostrarse abiertamente pero mostrándose, el camino ha de ser completado para que tenga el efecto deseado, por lo que tengo que pasar por ciertas cosas, no se puede acortar, pero se, ahora estoy seguro, que lo que me he imaginado, no es ninguna locura.

    Entretanto Melchizedec, Rey del mundo invisible, me guía, aparece cuando hace falta, y contesta.

    Muchas gracias Rey, todo un honor, espero completar el camino y un día mirar al desierto y llenarme de orgullo (vanidad de vanidades).

    Hasta pronto.

  15. ashy says:

    siempre soñe con encontrar un maestro ,pero cada vez que creia encontrarlo ,alguien me despertaba diciendome que deje de buscar ,que no existen ,que nadie te ayuda ,si no le das algo que le sirva,nadie ayuda a otro desinteresadamente,(me decian),me ha costado creer que eso es asi ,pero tambien lograron hacerme desistir de encontrar mi ¨maestro¨ es decir ese ser que te de un soplo de ayuda.
    a pesar de todo ,en algun rincon de mi ser ,sigo esperando.

  16. ashy says:

    VOLVERE A LEER EL ALQUIMISTA ,FUE MUY IMPORTANTE LA PRIMERA VEZ QUE LO LEI ,AHORA QUE ESTOY PASANDO UN MAL MOMENTO ,BUSCANDO AYUDA ,SIN ENCONTRARLA ,SE ME HA VUELTO A CRUZAR ESTE LIBRO ,YA QUE AQUEL PRIMERO LO PRESTE Y NUNCA MAS VOLVIO ,PERO OTRA VEZ CAYO EN MIS MANOS ,A SI QUE COMO UNA SEÑAL ,LO VOLVERE A LEER.
    EN AQUEL MOMENTO LO LEI ,CON LA MIRADA DE UN JOVEN QUE TENIA LA VIDA POR DELANTE,ESTA VEZ LO LEERE ,COMO UN SER QUE CREE QUE LA VIDA,LOS SUEÑOS SE ESTAN TERMINANDO,YA NO TENGO LAS FUERZAS DE ESA EPOCA,LA VOLUNTAD Y LAS GANAS DE ESCRIBIR ,DE LEER ,VEO LA VIDA TAN LIMITADA.
    BUENO GRACIAS A ESTE BLOG ,ME DI CUENTA DE LA SITUACION.
    GRACIAS

  17. simpathique says:

    Il me semble que je l’ai deja vu quelque part celui la..:)

  18. toñi says:

    Gracias Paulo y buenos días.
    Llevo muchos años buscando una respuesta muy importante para mi ¿quién es mi maestro, quién es quien me guía y me enseña? y tú me has dado su nombre. No te puedes imaginar todo lo que he leido sobre maestros y lo que he buscado para encontrar, pero no encontraba su imagen ni los símbolos. Después de leer este párrafo tuyo sobre Melquiselek, he buscado en internet. El símbolo de los círculos o esferas. Estoy muy contenta de saber que mi maestro existe y no es una alucinación de mi mente. A mi me hizo regalos también, te los voy a explicar: me regaló una bolsa llena de energía que llevo atada en mi cintura y dijo “nunca te faltará un trozo de pan”, también me regaló unas llaves que llevo en el corazón y dijo “abren todas las puertas”, también me regaló un pedazo de libro que llevo en mi mente y dijo “son las leyes sagradas” y después me colocó un medallón que tiene forma de círculos unos superpuestos sobre otros y lo llevo colgado en el pecho. Me dijo que todos formamos parte de todo y que el universo respira a través de nosotros y nosotros respiramos a través del universo, me dijo que yo formaba parte de todo porque formaba parte de él. Pero no pidió ningún precio por sus regalos, yo le dije que no merecía regalos y no me consideraba digna y me contestó “precisamente por eso es por lo que estamos aqui y por lo que te hago estos regalos”.
    Muchas gracias por haberme dado el nombre de mi maestro, ahora ya sé quien es, porque él nunca me dijo su nombre. Si que decía que yo era “su hija”.
    Bueno, gracias, estoy muy emocionada.
    Un abrazo,
    Toñi.

  19. coolguy1609 says:

    Interesting… I feel that there is One Creation and Creation created Consciousness and Unconsciousness. Every piece of Consciousness is a Spirit, a God, a Light. Every piece of Unconsciousness is a Ghost, a Devil, Darkness.
    Life is an interplay of these two opposites.
    Ye are God’s wrapped in clothes of Unconsciousness. Some have a heavy clothing of Unconsciousness and others who have less are Avtars :)

    1. roshi says:

      interesting ….

  20. ruban.j says:

    The rainbow symbol of God to Noah. when u take water and pour outside when it is day time u can see the rainbow colour when u pour. gen 1:2. says spirit of god was hovering upon many waters. water colour is the rainbow.

  21. ruban.j says:

    king of peace and king of salem is the holy spirit himself in the human form the great melchizedek. The power of the holy spirit(rom 15:13)

  22. ruban.j says:

    i have seen melchizedek through my meditation and praise power. i asked God the trinity to show me melchizedek god showed him. he is non other than Holy Spirit in Human Formation who meet Abraham. He has the levitical golden crown with the mark of an dove.

  23. LOLA says:

    SETH WAS THE OLDEST LIVING PRIEST
    HE OUTLIVED 10 GENERATIONS AND THE PEOPLE AT THIS TIME DIDNT OR COULDNT TRACE HIS LINAGE. THERE WAS NO RECORD OF THIS
    ABRAHAM HAD TO KNOW THE MAN
    SETH HAD TO LIVE AT THIS TIME BECAUSE HE LIVED 500 YEARS AFTER THE FLOOD AND ABRAHAM LIVED DURING SETHS LIFETIME
    THIS WAS FROM A SIMINAR OF A PROFESSOR ON THE INTERNET.
    HE WAS BEFORE CHRIST, LIKE CHRIST.
    ANOTHER SAID THE MELCHEDEK WAS MORE OF A TITLE FOR THE HIGH PRIEST
    THE JEWISH PEOPLE CELEBRATE HIM AS SETH THIS IS A JEWISH TRADITION
    I DONT REALLY KNOW I AM STILL DIGGING
    THIS MAY BE ONE OF THOSE BIBLE MYSTERIES WE WONT KNOW UNTIL WE ENTER HEAVEN AND ALL THINGS ARE REVEALED.
    HE LIVED BEFORE THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD AND WAS ONE OF THE OLDEST MEN MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF HIGH PRIEST.???????

  24. LOLA says:

    I HAVE BEEN STUDING INTENSELY ABOUT THIS THE LAST FEW WEEKS. THERE ARE MANY OPONIONS ABOUT HIM
    ONE PROFESSOR GAVE A SIMINAR ABOUT HIM AND SAID THERE WAS NO RECORDING AT THE TIME THIS WAS SAID OF HIS LINAGE BECAUSE HE WAS SETH AND WAS SO OLD NO ONE KNEW HIM
    I DONT THINK HE WAS CHRIST BECAUSE HE WAS FLESH AND BONE

  25. OVIE says:

    Hello all,
    Melchizedek is the Holy spirit and therefore,he is God himself.Most of you on this blog are only posting your personal opinions on who Melchizedek is without any proper subsatntiation of your facts from the bible where he is firstly and lastly mentioned.
    HOW DO WE KNOW THAT HE IS GOD HIMSELF?
    1.He is described as haven no begginng and no end or literarily,’the ancient of days’(daniel 7 vs 9)
    2.He is called the King of Salem or the king of peace.Remember that jesus was called son of the holy ghost and also,the prince of peace or salem.Melchizedek is also called king of salem or king of peace who is the father of Jesus.
    3.Only God accepts the tithe from men yet Melchizedek accepted tithe from Abraham
    4.He is described in the book of Hebrews as being ‘one like the son of God’the word LIKE as used here expresses oness and similarity.It is the word ‘allos parakletus’which means that if you have seen him,you have already seen Jesus.
    Hope this helps clarify issues.MELCHIZEDEK IS THE HOLY SPIRIT(GOD)!!!!

    1. tamyra wood says:

      Amen.

  26. aklesia demeke says:

    Well Melchizedek is an Ethiopian. Even the Apostle Paulos did not write his exact country in fear of the Israels’ thinking that they will not accept Melchizedek. He is the one who introduced the life of letting this world pass that this world is merely a place to suffer. We have an Ethiopian orthodox Church under his name here in Ethiopia and it is known that whoever is buried in that church; his/her fossil will remain as it’s time of death. There is much more about him here in Ethiopia but this is all i know.
    Thankyou

  27. Opal says:

    Checkout the Urantia Book. Look under Machiventa Melchizedek.

    1. htiaf says:

      The sicknesses that we do get are because we sin and we don’t repent. The crime will always exist because of evil. Try not sinning….you won’t’ need to pay for medical insurance and death won’t knock on your door. Doctors are only there for those who sin. Evil exist and if you can’t see it look outside your window.
      Culture has nothing to do with it. Many of us loose our cultures because of wars..So what’s the point of culture? Cultures are even stolen.
      To become what you want to become: you must start trying to love. Real love. Sell your stuff. Help the (real poor) don’t blow a horn about it. Give a man food not money. And don’t grumble when doing it. Plant a tree and talk to it. Don’t eat meat. Man and beast are both souls. Don’t eat them. We must not kill….anything. Don’t work on Saturdays. It was made for you to do worship by medication and breaking of bread and wine. Fornication isn’t sex, sleeping with the same sex is, which is also against the nature of our mother earth (eve). Find Sofia. Sleeping with a man’s wife is also against god’s law. Follow his laws and you won’t see death. Don’t follow a church o man. God can teach you if you believe. Don’t vote.
      Meat is not good for your health. Pray before you eat. Blessing your food keeps your health perfect. What you do in secret with god will be given to you in secret and in abundance. And the most important, Love your God with all your heart and soul and might. And do not and I mean do not use any symbols or pictures of idols of Mary, Jesus or god, nada. Don’t make the sign of the cross; it’s a seal to bring demons to you. Last but not least, read history read your bible (it has been edited but you will find your way. You are the church and the image of God, you don’t need an image or a church which is made by hands.

  28. Antony says:

    “Some say he is God, others that he is Jesus. Maybe an avatar of God.”

    Thanks for summing up 2,000 years of Christian Theology so succintly.

    Is not God in everything? Why do you feel the need to personify God? Can not God be seen more clearly in, for example, the Burning Bush and Jacob’s Ladder?

    For me, the character Melchizedek in the Bible is fascinating due to his significance to Biblical Typology.

    One way of reading the Bible is to see the events and characters as all being interconnected. A very common interpretation of the Bible is that Adam, Moses, and possibly David are “antitypes” of Jesus.

    Some Biblical stories i.e. the Temptation of Jesus Christ and Moses in the Wilderness, are so similiar that is very difficult to read one without thinking of the other. This has been referred to as Typology. Moses anticipates (is an “antitype”) of Jesus Christ. Using this type of thinking to understand the Temptation of Jesus one needs to understand Moses in the Wilderness. Or, conversely, an understanding of Moses in the Wilderness can help to understand the Temptation of Jesus and vice- versa.

    It is beyond simplistic to say that Melchizedek is God/ Jesus. The Alchemist has clear elements of Biblical allegory and engages in some rather naïve typology. Before you start claiming that Melchizedak is God you should perhaps understand what the Bible says about God and Melchizedek’s context in relation to the Bible

  29. kealan says:

    I read this on Keith’s blog recently before it was published here & found it quiet interesting. I can not remember where I read or heard something else before, that there is a supposed story that Melchizedek was Jesus in a past life.

  30. Heart says:

    Agree with Thelma, a Biblical character I didn’t learn much about growing up, but which I would like to learn more about.

  31. THELMA says:

    Thank you dearest Paulo Coelho and Keith Parkings. I was always fascinated and wondering of:“Who is Melchizedek, King of Salem?”
    LOVE,
    Thelma xxx

    1. THELMA says:

      p.s. Sorry for the wrong spelling of Keith’s PARKINS name. T.

  32. Jane Stewart says:

    I really love Mechizedek!
    First heard of the name when reading The Alchemist in 2003. And my favorite character. I like this picture!
    Is very interesting, this post.

    Thankyou, Keith and Paulo,
    Love and Gratitude,
    Jane xo

  33. AllaSobirova says:

    i hate those changes of Bible’s text.

  34. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the information on Melchizedek, but feel there is still something missing. Why and when does he appear? Why does he ask for payment? His intention?

    1. Manuel says:

      Hi Nancy,

      i think i have the answer for one of your questions. He Asks for payment because everyone who has to follow his dreams have to pay for it. Here the boy Santiago had to sell all his sheep{symbolizing that he had to leave behind his past} and give one-tenth to Melchizedek.

  35. HECTOR says:

    MELQUISEDEC. EL REY SABIO QUE GUIO AL PASTOR DE OVEJAS DE LA HISTORIA “EL ALQUIMISTA” QUIZA FUE UN PROFETA.

  36. maryon says:

    I think that Melchidesek is Jesus Christ.

  37. Niki says:

    Thank you , Paulo.
    I’m convinced.There is nothing accidentally. On thursday i was talking with a friend about the king of salem that appers in the book, one friend have noticed this character and wanted to know more about his role. Than i find out that i haven’t tought much about this character, because when reading the book i was so rapt in the alchemist and Santiago. And this week after reading The Alchemist for i don’t know what time.. i searched something about Mechisedek,he is in the Bible!
    And this post in your blog comes just like an answer for my questions about the king of Salem. Telepathy :)

  38. RE Culture
    Can we use culture to make a difference in this world?
    Yes, but like the Environment, it needs to be something that the whole of mankind takes responsibility for.
    I believe this because it is something which is best if everyone knows at least a bit about – its something that should be shared.
    Maybe this is why myths and legends are so important to people all over the world?
    We are much more cultured than we used to be. Maybe everyone will become more cultured in the future?
    This is a difficult question – the important things in the world are to avoid war, disease and poverty. This is contraversial but a greater understanding by all people in the world may help to avoid war because people would be more broad minded and therefore may not wish to do wrong. In my opinion, people all over the world having a greater understanding of culture is unlikely to avoid war when there is a need for war. Disease and poverty could benefit from a globally greater understanding of culture as people who could help would be more likely to understand the importance of helping those suffering from disease and poverty as an increased understanding of culture may mean that people are generally better at understanding things and, if they choose, understanding and assisting with those subject to disease and poverty.
    Richard

  39. david says:

    He is someone I would like to find on my path, for sure!!!

  40. Alexandra says:

    I was asking that you long time ago…or was that last year? Thanks for posting. I read about him. Different opinions…some compared him to Jesus, being called King of Peace…I was amazed by the character in your book, The Alchemist, but only after long I found about more…we need to read more more…
    Thank you