Melchizedek was an Old Testament king who also appears in the Book of Mormon.
One might fancy that the biography of the famous air resembled Melchizedek's.
He abideth a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.
He was like Melchizedek in one respect, no one knew his father or his mother, no one knew his birthplace, and no one knew his end.
I hold the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood and of the office and power of patriarch.
I was also present with Joseph when the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood was conferred by the holy angel from on high.
He was "called of God, a high priest after the order of Melchizedek."
There is yet another point in the history of the meeting between Abram and Melchizedek which must not be passed over.
Like Melchizedek, he seems to have had no beginning or ending or length of days.
The priesthood of Melchizedek sprang from the mans inherent greatness.
name of a priest-king in the Old Testament, from Hebrew Malki-tzedeq, literally "king of righteousness," from melekh "king;" second element related to tzadaq "he was righteous," tzaddiq "just, righteous."
king of righteousness, the king of Salem (q.v.). All we know of him is recorded in Gen. 14:18-20. He is subsequently mentioned only once in the Old Testament, in Ps. 110:4. The typical significance of his history is set forth in detail in the Epistle to the Hebrews, ch. 7. The apostle there points out the superiority of his priesthood to that of Aaron in these several respects, (1) Even Abraham paid him tithes; (2) he blessed Abraham; (3) he is the type of a Priest who lives for ever; (4) Levi, yet unborn, paid him tithes in the person of Abraham; (5) the permanence of his priesthood in Christ implied the abrogation of the Levitical system; (6) he was made priest not without an oath; and (7) his priesthood can neither be transmitted nor interrupted by death: "this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood." The question as to who this mysterious personage was has given rise to a great deal of modern speculation. It is an old tradition among the Jews that he was Shem, the son of Noah, who may have survived to this time. Melchizedek was a Canaanitish prince, a worshipper of the true God, and in his peculiar history and character an instructive type of our Lord, the great High Priest (Heb. 5:6, 7; 6:20). One of the Amarna tablets is from Ebed-Tob, king of Jerusalem, the successor of Melchizedek, in which he claims the very attributes and dignity given to Melchizedek in the Epistle to the Hebrews.