by Tim Barker
In 1871, the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould published one of his many works, Legends of Old Testament Characters From the Talmud and Other Sources, Vol. II: Melchizedek to Zechariah. In this collection, he provides an array of ancient sources that illustrates various views held on the character of Melchizedek. Speculation ranges from Melchizedek being the same person as Enoch, Shem, and even the Savior Jesus Christ. All of the information included below feeds into the complex puzzle of the identity of Melchizedek and his career and role as a priest of the God Most High.