Category Archives: Eric Wolf

Hebrew Play with MLK

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in my opinion for all intents and purposes a 20th century American martyr.

The good minister’s initials are of course MLK, which just happens to also be a first semester Hebrew word. MLK in Hebrew (pronounced ‘melek’, remember their language was written before the invention of vowels) means ‘king’. So the good minister was a king in more languages than one!

In today’s liturgical reading from Hebrews 7 the author references Melchizedek from both Genesis and Psalm 110. The word ‘Melchizedek’ begins with ‘MLK’ and ends with ‘ZDK’, which is the Hebrew word for righteousness.

About Melchizedek, Hebrews 7:2b reads: “His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.” We know Melchizedek from Genesis at the time of Abraham; he was the king of Salem, which was the ancient (pre-Davidic) name for Jerusalem.

Salem spelled in Hebrew (remember, drop the written vowels) is SLM. The Hebrew consonant ‘S’ is sometimes pronounced as our ‘s’ and sometimes as our ‘sh’, so in Hebrew SLM can be either ‘Salem’ or ‘Shalom’, the Hebrew word for ‘peace’. (An aside: the Arab word for peace is ‘Salaam’). So as is noted by the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, Melchizedek as ‘king of Salem’ is also ‘king of peace’.

So Melchizedek is in the Bible, both O.T and N.T., as a type or precursor for Jesus Christ, our king of peace. What a great image as we remember this week the foremost Christian hero of the civil rights movement. MLK was truly a testament pointing to Jesus Christ, the true ‘King of Peace’!

— Eric Wolf

Romans 15:4 Guest Blog

Romans 15:4 gives Catholic authors who have no other forum a pedestal from which to address the world.

Vatican II flung wide open the windows of the Church to enable an aggiornamento, a bringing the Church up to date. Now, fifty years later, it is appropriate for a 21st century aggiornamento to synchronize the Church not only with modernity but simultaneously with truth of our faith in the kerygma of Jesus Christ as espoused in Holy Scripture and Tradition.

As with any publication, these blogs are the opinion of the author, and may or may not coincide with that of the editor/publisher.

This site is especially appreciative of Holy Scripture, so I find it appropriate to dedicate it in the words of St. Paul (Rom 15:4):

“For whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”

— Eric Wolf