JEDP (Mo & Deut)

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at
Sun Dec 19 12:49:07 EST 1999

The Melchizedek incident of Gen. 14 is not referred to; but Melchizedek
is, in Ps. 110. The Davidic priest-king is designated as M.'s sucessor
and, if suggested textual emendations are correct, YHWH's adopted son.
So at least the Temple cultic psalms retained a memory of an earlier
dynasty in Jerusalemm before the Davidic one. This doesn't at all prove
that Gen. 14 is early or authentic; but it does indicate that there is
some historical tradition underlying it.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Beit Berl Post Office

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