Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Melchizedek and Merlin

Melchizedek, the priest-king of Salem mentioned in Genesis 14, Psalm 110, and Hebrews 5-7, is a mysterious and attractive figure.  "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually."  This ancient patriarch appears in the Bible from nowhere, receives homage from Abraham, celebrates a sacral meal with him, and then disappears just as mysteriously.  One cannot help but wonder if the text is hinting that he has been assumed into heaven bodily, like Enoch, Elijah, and Mary.

Now consider the mysterious figure of Merlin.  His origin is a mystery.  One rumor held him to be the son of a nun by a/the devil.  He doesn't die, but is sealed up in a cave or tree, and there is an expectation that he will return with Arthur in the hour of England's greatest need (don't make me wrestle you to the ground and confess that C. S. Lewis' greatest novel is That Hideous Strength).  Now my "What if..."

What if Merlin is Melchizedek? 
A figure whose wisdom has been accrued through the ages.  Perhaps he is one of the nephilim and that's the source of his non-human origin and the taint of a fall.  He could then be a master of angelic powers in addition to the wisdom of the ages.  I have figured for years that someone would have made this speculative or imaginative connection, but I have yet to have found that it has been made before.  If it has, please point it out to me.


  1. Or possibly, in accordance with the story that he aged backwards, Merlin became Melchizedek?

  2. The Mysterious Strangely-Powered Advisor is a common trope. Your idol JRRT used Gandalf in much the same manner. The Isatari were Maia spirits sent to advise the inhabitants of Middle Earth by the Valar. Sort of earth-bound angels, or Nephilim, in a kind of odd sense.

  3. You're not the only one who loves That Hideous Strength - my husband threatened to name our first child Ransom. Thankfully she is a girl.

    BTW, I gave you the prestigious Versatile Blog Award. You can see it here:, if you are into awards and such. If not, that's totally cool. Consider it a virtual high five.

  4. Sarah: This is a great idea, because it allows one to take the "no parents" verse literally. As far as "beginning and end" goes, maybe he cycles...but that T. H. White idea always messed with my head, I've got to say.

    CCM: Or the fathers of the Nephilim, since it raises the issue of how those "bene elohim" were having children, anyway.

    Magpiewrites: Strange, word choice, "threatened." I don't know why your hubby didn't suggest "Ransomina." Thanks for the award! Maybe I'll try to unravel its esoteric rules once April is over, if there's no committee that will come after me. ;-)

  5. I like the way your mind works. Your theory is fascinating.

  6. we have made contact with merlin. Merlin lives in the meadows if you want to see him!

  7. Anonymous: Who and where are you? Flushing Meadows?