Last updated October 9, 2011
by Tim Barker
In my initial posting on the Seal of Melchizedek, I noted that this symbol has been gaining popularity in LDS culture. The eight-pointed star was illustrated in Hugh Nibley's book, Temple and Cosmos, and was discussed by Bryce Haymond in his blog with respect to its connection with the architectural design of the San Diego Temple. Nibley's book includes an illustration by Michael Lyon of a mosaic in St. Apollinare in Classe, in Ravenna, Italy, wherein the above symbol is located on the front of the altar cloth. I discussed this mosaic and the symbol in terms of Christological symbolism. I also cited the apocryphal Book of the Secrets of Enoch, noting that Melchizedek was purportedly born with the "seal of the priesthood" upon his chest, following which; I discussed the connection of the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God with the Melchizedek Priesthood. I then pointed out that the mosaic in St. Apollinare in Classe, as well as the mosaic of Melchizedek and Abel in the Basilica of St. Vitale, both lend themselves towards being a temple setting. Additionally, I pointed out that Freemason Henry P.H. Bromwell identified an eight-pointed star connected with the 47th problem of Euclid as the "signet of Melchizedek." Additionally, I briefly noted the connection between the six-pointed star and Melchizedek. Lastly, I stated that each of these elements come together within the temple.