I recently finished reading Ehud’s excellent article on Kinism as the antidote to fashionable atheistic materialism and neo-gnosticism, which denies the goodness or importance of physical reality. In my Bible reading not long ago, I read through the book of Hebrews with my family. I was particularly impressed with a passage that has tremendous implications for the importance of our physical descent. The book of Hebrews was written to Israelite converts to the Christian faith who were struggling under persecution and considering returning to Judaism. The author wrote to these Christians to convince them of the superiority of the New Covenant to the Old Covenant, and of Christ’s priesthood, derived from the order of Melchizedek, over the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood. The passage that is particularly relevant is Hebrews 7:1-10.
¹ For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life;
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