JEDP (Melchizedek)

Ian Hutchesson mc2499 at
Tue Dec 21 07:11:17 EST 1999

At 11.48 21/12/99 -0500, peter_kirk at wrote:
>Well, Dave, I accept that you know more than me about DSS. Perhaps 
>even Ian knows more than me. But the reference to omission of the 
>Melchizedek story was to its absence from the Genesis Apocryphon, 
>which Ian seems to have made a lot of. 

Peter, there are no fragments of Gen14 amongst the DSS (the first part of
Genesis is particularly poorly represented). There is also no mention of
Melchizedek in Jubilees (I have mentioned problems here elsewhere).
However, the GenAp is the first occasion in which we come across the
Melchizedek episode and not unstrangely it is a document in which the
epithet "Most High God" is quite common.



>Of course his whole argument 
>falls rather flat if the Melchizedek story is included in MSS of 
>Genesis, especially if these are demonstrably earlier than the Genesis 

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