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Melchizedek

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Treatise
Genre:
(2/5) **
Reliability of Dating:
(3/5) ***
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Greek
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Estimated Range of Dating: 150-255 A.D.

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Birger A. Pearson writes (The Nag Hammadi Library in English, p. 439):

Our tractate thus presents a number of challenging features of special interest to the historian of religions; it is indeed a mélange of traditions of Jewish, Christian, and Gnostic stamp. Its presentation of the figure of Melchizedek is a case in point: he is not only the ancient "priest of God Most High" known to us from the Bible, but he also returns as an eschatological "high-priest" and "holy warrior." Such Jewish apocalyptic material as the Melchizedek fragments form Qumran (11QMelch) and 2 (Slavonic) Enoch shed considerable light on these features.

Pearson writes: "The tractate Melchizedek was written originally in Greek, probably in Egypt. A third-century date is likely, though it could be earlier (or later)."


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