What are the implications of the discovery of 11QMelchizedek for the interpretation of Melchizedek in Hebrews 7? In this essay Cockerill wants to show that the differences between 11QMelchizedek and Hebrews are too significant to consider the possibility that any close contact between the authors or readers of these documents was possible.
This is the first article in a trilogy on the topic of the new covenant. The book of Hebrews makes the point that Christ is the High Priest who serves as the One who brings us to God in the order of Melchizedek. He represents all of God's people before God. This is part of the main point of the new covenant.