The Definition of “Gnosticism”.
By Dmitry A. Alexeyev, St.-Petersburg.
Melchisedec is an Old Testament’s hero, King of Salem (or Sodom), a priest of the Highest God, mentioned in Gen., 14:17-24. The most important question for us is why one of the Old Testament’s positive heroes, priest of Biblical God, who blessed Abraham, becomes a wearer of a Gnostic revelation? I mean namely Gnostic revelation, because “Gnostic”, or, even more exactly, “Sethianic” character of the tractate, named “Melchisedec”, is evident, even although it is very badly preserved.