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orion angel of peace and Melchizedek
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From: Marcus Wood <M.E.M.Wood@durham.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 10:22:35 -0000
I'm doing some work on the background of the picture of Melchizedek found
in the Scrolls. At the moment I'm interested in the description of him as
Melek Salem (i.e. King of Salem) in Gen. 14 and a possible change to Malaak
Shalom (Angel of Peace), i.e. with an Aleph inserted, which would more
naturally lead to the angelic redeemer figure found in the Scrolls.
I've checked the Graphic Concordance and Malaak Shalom appears in one
instance, at 3Q8 (slightly reconstructed) but the text is miniscule! The
biblical evidence is also inconclusive. Malaakey Shalom is found in Is.
33.7 but the context there is secular, that is messengers of peace. Does
anyone know if there is a background for an Angel of Peace elsewhere in
Intertestamental lit.? The list of Angels in Jubilees does not include the
title and I don't know where to look next.
Marcus Wood BA MA
Department of Theology Tel: UK (0)191 374 3254
University of Durham E-Mail: M.E.M.Wood@durham.ac.uk
Durham DH1 3RS