Melchizedek And The Merovingians

 

        King   Mel-chi-zedek  the  Jebusite is one  of the  most  mysterious 
   characters  in all biblical  myths. The Book of Genesis identifies him as 
   a sacred  Priest-King  of Salem  at the time it was in Hurrian or Amorite 
   hands The Hindu’s know him as Melik-Sadaksina, the great son of a Kassite 
   king and magical priest of Brahm, who was Abraham s teacher.

        Another of Melchizedek’s names is Adoni-Zedek after the city  god of 
   Salem  and   King  of  Righteousness. The  Ammonites  called   him  Zaduk 
   He  welcomed Abraham to Canaan  after Abraham had returned from defeating 
   Kedorla'omer: And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread  and wine
   and  he was  the priest  of the most  high God.  He  is a famous immortal
   Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning 
   of days,  nor end of  life.  Priests after  the Order of  Melchizedek are 
   prominent over the millennia. One of the last Biblical references is when 
   King David  appoints  Zadok  as a  joint  high priest  with  the  Levites 
   The  final identification with  Melchizedek  occurs with Jesus. Among the 
   many  messianic aspirants  of the time, Jesus  was a particularly special 
   messiah because he was a priest of Melchizedek. 
 
        The precise geographical  location of Melchizedek's Salem is unknown 
   We can assume that Salem is  the current Jerusalem because the forthright 
   deconstruction  of Jerusalem  into Jeru and Salem. Josephus  records that 
   Salem  became Jerusalem after the time of Abraham. Jerusalem was the city
   of Salma the Son of Light. 

        Seems Salem would have  been a  sanctuary town similar to  Harran in 
   the  North  and  perhaps  Ma'rib in the  South. Certainly, Abraham  had a 
   compellingly similar relationship of familiarity,  sanctuary and t ribute 
   to both Harran  and Salem. The Teacher of Righteousness or Moreh-zedek of 
   the Dead Sea Scrolls seems  to be very much like Mel-chi-zedek. Moreh and 
   Moriah are the places of Yahweh's Covenant with  Abraham. The Hebrew word
   Marah  means salt sea Therefore, Mor-Iah and  Mor-Jah translate to God of 
   the  Sea  or God  of the  Salt Water. From  this  same r oot, Moreh-zedek 
   translates  as  the  Water  of  Righteousness  or  Dew  of  Righteousness
 
        Allegro related the names Jesus and Joshua to dew and the semen that 
   heals  and  saves.  Swallowing  is important  in the Habakkuk Pesher. The
   Wicked  Priest  pursues the  Righteous Teacher to swallow him. Swallowing
   is again mentioned in connection with Wisdom in Aaron (2.8):
  
        A wise man will understand  that I am seeing and comprehending  deep
   Mysteries, thus I am speaking ... parables. The Greek will not understand
   But  the knowledge of Wisdom will come to you, for you  have received ...
   you will acquire.  Pursue her (Wisdom) and seek  her and gain  possession
   of her to swallow (her) down.
 
        Important   function  of  the   Melchizedek  priests   at  the  time
   of the Exodus was to set out the Bread of the Presence of God on a golden
   table in  front the Ark of the Covenant, also called the  Ark of Alliance
   Moses  decreed  that the Ark should  contain a  quantity of  the Bread of
   Heaven  or manna  found  by the  Israelites in  the wilderness  so future
   generations would see what it was like. 
        Bezaleel and  Hiram Abiff  are also  important archetypes in special
   ways. Bezaleel’s  father is Uri, which  means Light. This makes  Bezaleel
   a  Son of  Light. Hiram’s  mother was  a  Naphtali woman  from  Dan. This
   probably identifies her as an Oracle  or Priestess of the Benjamites. The
   Bible is more evasive  with Hiram’s father, only  commenting that  he was
   also a master artisan. Josephus  gives us the information we expect, that
   Hiram’s  father came from  Ur of the Israelites. This fact confirms  that
   Bezaleel  and  Hiram  Abiff are precisely  the same  archetype, embodying
   an  important story. In  fact, Jesus’ father Joseph is the same archetype

        He is  not simply a carpenter but an artisan in the archetypal sense
   Bezaleel  also  bears  a  remarkable  similarity  to  Azazel  (‘Azâzil in
   Arabic)  or Shemyaza, the leader  of the  fallen  Watchers in the Judaic-
   Christian   apocryphal  Book  of  Enoch.  Just  as  Prometheus  presented
   man  with  fire, Azazel released  to  humankind the secrets of metallurgy 
   the manufacture of weapons, jewellery, and the use of antimony in art and
   medicine. He  also taught  women the  art of cosmetics, to be promiscuous
   and to  enjoy sex.  For these  transgressions,  God  condemned  Azazel to
   remain  forever  bound in the  desert  of Dûdâêl.  As Shemyaza,  he hangs
   upside down  between heaven  and earth in the constellation of Orion. The
   only  known  statute of  this leader of the  Watchers  is in the choir of
   Rosslyn Chapel, in Scotland.

         There  is  distinctly  alchemical  key  in  the  Qumran  and  known
   Biblical documents.  For example,  the duality of the  mysterious Sceptre
   and the Star is analogous to  the red man of  gold and his wife, the star 
   of antimony. They correspond  to the coronation’s Scepter of gold and Orb
   of antimony.  Furthermore,  they are comparable  to the Messiah  of Aaron
   and Israel. It is not surprising that the Covenanters had a metallurgical
   foundry with  twenty-six tons of  gold and forty-eight tons  of silver at
   Qumran.

         Using the  philosophical circular-saw of Occam's Razor to limit the
   entities,  the  Moreh-zedek or the Teacher of  Righteousness can  be seen
   as  a common  alchemical archetype with the dew or Bread of Life.  In the
   same  way Melchizedek, the King of Righteousness, is an archetype for the
   priest that manufactures the sacred bread.  He provides this sacred bread
   to Abraham in a rite of kingship.

         A  statue  in the  Porch  of  Chartres  Cathedral shows Melchizedek 
   holding  a long-stemmed  chalice or cup  in his left hand.  It contains a
   solid cylindrical object that is  the Moreh-zedek. Many think  it  really
   is the  Holy Grail  or Philosophers'  Stone. The  stained glass window on 
   the  North Façade  shows  Melchizedek again.  An inside  window of Paris’
   Notre Dame Cathedral also shows alchemy in action. 

         The  blessing  of  Abraham  with  holy  bread  and  wine  at  Salem
   suggests  Salem was a  special alchemical  or metallurgy site  from early
   times. The  Palestine  campaign of  Thutmose III indeed confirmed this in
   1480BCE. Jerusalem,  or Salem, was  Kadesh or  the Holy City  and seen as
   the  most   important  city  in  Palestine  long before  King David  made
   Jerusalem his capital.

         The Melchizedek  traditions  along with  those of the  Calebite Dog
   Men  were some of  the very few to remain  fresh with  the  remnant  that
   evaded  the  Exile in  Babylon.  In about  750BCE  Amos  prophesized  the
   return from Exile with the Lord’s words:

   "In  that day  will I raise up  the  tabernacle of  David that is  fallen
   and  close  up  the  breaches  thereof; and  I will raise  up  his  ruins
   and I will  build it  as in  the days  of old: That  they may possess the
   remnant  of  Edom, and  of  all  the  heathen,  which are  called  by  my
   name, saith the Lord that doeth this."

          After 200BCE, the  Jewish Diaspora  accelerated  with the  decline
   of  Hellenistic Egypt and Syria.  Jews migrated to Italy and to Spain via
   North Africa.  One  of the  far-flung  lands of the  dispersion was  Gaul
   The  Zaddoki-Melchizedek line  enjoyed  great prominence in  the Diaspora
   of Gaul,  especially  with the Merovingian  Frank Kings who  defeated the
   Visigoths at Vouillé, near Aquitaine, in 510CE. The  Visigoth territories
   in Gascony, Languedoc and Provence and in Northern Spain provided fertile
   ground for both  Zadok-Melchizedek  and Rabbinical-Cabbalistic streams of
   Judaism.

          The  French  Merovingian  Royalty  maintained  that  it  was of  a
   royal  Trojan  lineage  that antedated  the Roman  Catholic  Church. They
   rejected Church  sponsored  coronation. They  also claimed to derive from
   the  tribe  of Judah  through  Jesus  Christ  and Mary  Magdalene.

          The Merovingian  kings placed great  value on  their long hair and
   believed  that  it gave  them  strength.  Samson’s  name  was  common  in
   the  Royal  Merovingian  Household.  The  longhaired  Monarchs identified
   with him as the hero Judge of the Tribe of Dan.

          The Merovingians  buried their last ruler,  Dagobert II, in a cape
   studded  with  golden honey bees.  Napoleon  removed  the  honeybees from
   Dagobert's   tomb   and   placed  them   on  his  own   coronation   cape
   Displaying  the same independence from Papal authority that characterized
   the Merovingians,  Napoleon lifted the  crown from the Bishop's hands and
   placed it upon his own head.

          Merovingian  claims of  Davidic  succession  were  an  anathema to
   the  Church. In  751CE, Pepin III the  Short deposed the Merovingian King
   Childeric III with Papal support.  He thereby established the Carolingian
   dynasty. Eight years later Pepin III himself faced military defeat at the
   hands of the Islamic Saracens at Narbonne.

          The Jewish  population  came to  his aid  and opened the  gates of
   Narbonne at his protection in return for Pepin III undertaking to elevate
   their principate city-state of Septimania to the status of an independent
   Davidic  Princedom. Pepin III  complied for  reasons that seem to include
   the  creation of a  buffer state  to  keep  the Umayyad  Saracens at  bay 
   The granting  of ancient privileges, high office, freehold land, the Jews
   own  system of  law and royal  protection to the Jews of  Southern France
   invoked  a bitter rebuke from Pope Stephen III in 768CE. 
 
          The  Septimanian  Jews established  Davidic  succession  in  their
   Princedom.  The  Nasi,  or  Jewish   Prince  in  perpetuity,  was  to  be
   descended  from the line of David.  The first  Nasi was  Rabbi  Natronai-
   Makhir.  He  was  formerly  the Exilarch  of the Jews  in Baghdad  and  a
   scholar-prince  of the  House of David, who the Caliph of Baghdad sent to
   Septimania.  Natronai-Makhir  accepted   the  name   Theodoric  and  took
   Pepin III’s sister, Alda, for a wife. 

          In return  for the  elevation  of  Septimania to  a Princedom, the
   Rabbis  endorsed  Pepin III's own claim to Davidic Succession of the Holy
   Roman  Empire  for  his  son  Charlemagne.  Charlemagne  later  confirmed
   the  status of  Septimania  in  791CE  by establishing  it as a permanent
   State.  The  Princedom  had   grown  in  power  and  influence  with  the
   campaigns of  Natronai-Makhir’s  son, the great  Guilhelm  de Toulouse de
   Gellone, or William of Toulouse,  into Spain. At this time, the Princedom
   encompassed  a vast  area  from  the Rhone to the Albères of the Pyrenees
   including  Nimes and Roussillon, and the Catalan counties in the March of
   Spain. These Catalan  counties were Gerona, Vich (Ausona), Urgel, Pallars
   Ribagorza and Barcelona. 

          Natronai-Makhir  died  in 793CE.  His  son  Guilhelm  de  Toulouse
   succeeded  him. In  turn,  Guilhelm’s son  Bernard  of  Septimania became
   Prince.  Septimania  then  became  a  Jewish  Kingdom,  rather  than  the
   Princedom, which thrived until the end of Carolingian rule.

          The  seed of  David  was  to  multiply  in   Southern  France  and
   produce one of  its most  famous sons, Godefroi de  Bouillon.  Godefroi’s
   admirers elevated him to a hall of fame called the nine nobles. The other
   great  warrior-kings in the hall of  fame were  Hector of Troy, Alexander 
   the Great,  Julius Caesar,  Joshua,  Judas Maccabeus,  David, King Arthur
   and  Charlemagne.  In Crathes Castle,  between Balmoral  and Aberdeen  in
   Scotland, the owner asks:

   "Gude reder tell me or thou pass  Whilk of thir nyn  maist Valliant was?"

          The  nine  nobles  theme was  popular  amongst  surviving  Knights
   Templar  groups in Scotland.  A number of  castles  depict the same theme
   in their ceilings, including  at Glamis  in the  Vale  of Strathmore. The
   theme derives from the beliefs of the Ishmaelite Assassins and the Druses
   the  old  followers  of Tammuz.  The Druses  are not orthodox Mohammedans
   Their heretical belief is that God constantly reincarnated in a series of
   of  semi-divine  prophets  and  warrior-kings, called  Imam,  and of whom 
   Christ was one but Mahomed was not.

          Only  seventy reincarnations existd. The Druses believe that final 
   reincarnation was Hakim, the sixth Fatimate Caliph, after  whom there can 
   be  no others. In  his  second  coming, Hakim,  the  Druze  Messiah, will 
   conquer the world.

          The Assassins’ beliefs  were similar except  that they  considered
   their  founder, Hassan, the  Shiek-al-Jabul or Old Man of the Mountain in
   Lebanon,  to be one of the reincarnations. 

          On his father's side,  Godefroi  descended  from  the Merovingians
   and  on  that  of  his   mother  and  grandmother, the  Carolingian.  His
   Carolingian  grandparents bequeathed Godefroi  the title of Duke of Lower
   Lorraine.  Storming  the wall of  Jerusalem  on 15 July 1099, Godefroi de
   Bouillon  was to shout  the famous  phrase expressing the  Zaddoki belief
   that  they  were  the  only  legitimate  High Priests  of  Jerusalem Deus
   Meumque Jus, meaning God and my Right. 

          The thirty-third  degree of  the Scottish Rite  adopted Godefroi’s
   motto.  A gold  ring  worn by  each member  of the  degree  has the motto
   engraved  within  it.  It  is  also  the  Latin  version  of the motto of 
   the  royal  arms of England  Dieu et mon droit,  adopted by Richard I the 
   Lionheart at the siege of Gisors in 1198.

          Following  Godefroi  de Bouillon’s successful assault on the walls
   of  Jerusalem,  he assumed the  title of  Guardian of the  Holy Sepulcher
   This  title was Godefroi's preference  over King, an uncharacteristically
   modest  choice, continuing  the tradition that there should be no king of
   Israel  until the  second coming  of the  Messiah. His brother Baldwin of
   Lorraine  had  no such inhibition. One year later, he became King Baldwin
   I  of  Jerusalem.  Oddly, the  circumstances surrounding the death of the
   glorious Godefroi de Bouillon remain a mystery to this day.