SHEM VERSES MELCHIZEDEK
Blessed be Yahweh, God of Shem, let Canaan be his
slave! May God make space for Japheth, may he live in the tents of Shem, and
let Canaan be his slave!
According to the Jewish Oral Tradition and to Catholic theologians like St. Nicholas of Lira, Shem is the King of Righteousness [Melchizedek in Hebrew] to whom Abraham pays a tithe in Genesis 14:18-20. Shem was the righteous firstborn son of Noah in whom the covenant with Yahweh and the line of the "promised seed" of Genesis 3:15 continues. Shem is the first man in Sacred Scripture who is identified as Yahweh's man [see quotation above from Genesis 9:26]. Abraham is Shem's descendant according to the Biblical genealogy of Genesis 11:10-26.
|100 years||Birth of Arpachshad|
|135 years||Birth of Shelah|
|165 years||Birth of Eber|
|199 years||Birth of Peleg|
|229 years||Birth of Reu|
|261 years||Birth of Serug|
|291 years||Birth of Nahor|
|320 years||Birth of Terah|
|390 years||Birth of Abraham|
|490 years||Birth of Isaac|
|565 years||Death of Abraham|
|600 years||Death of Shem|
Shem outlived Abraham
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The Fathers of the Church saw
Melchizedek as a type of Christ. What parallels can you see between this
righteous King of Salem and Jesus of Nazareth?
Answer: Both Melchizedek and Jesus serve Yahweh as:
Biblical references to Melchizedek: Psalms 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-10; 6:20; 7:1-17
Prophecy of Genesis chapter 15