Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine (Genesis 14: 18). But where was Salem? Indications are that Salem was not Jerusalem but someplace else. Solomon’s Temple had not been in Jerusalem either. It too had been someplace else.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Melchizedek Communique”, published to YouTube on August 4, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 11 minutes and 29 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Melchizedek was king of Salem. But where was this Salem? In 1120 AD King Baldwin of Jerusalem granted the Knights Templar a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace on the Temple Mount in the captured Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Temple Mount had a mystique because it was above what was believed to be the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. Yet excavating beneath the Temple Mount, the Templars were startled to discover nothing underneath! 
Anacalypsis, a lengthy two-volume treatise written by religious historian Godfrey Higgins, and published after his death in 1836, gives special scrutiny to the question of where was Salem (and by extension, where was Solomon’s Temple). 
Higgins finds a “striking similarity between the religion of Moses and that of the Persians.” This was in a time long before the birth of Islam, when Persia (today Iran) embraced the religion of the Magi. Because of the similarity, “it is not difficult to see why Cyrus, Darius, and the Persians, restored the temples of Jerusalem and Gerizim…” 
Notice that second location – Gerizim. A bone of contention between the Samaritans and the Hebrews is Deuteronomy 27: 4. In the Samaritan version of the Pentateuch, Mount Gerizim is the place that Moses ordered large stones to be erected. The Hebrew version of the Pentateuch has nearby Mount Ebal as where the large stones were to be erected. No such large stones have been found on Mount Ebal, however they have been found on Mount Gerizim. 
Melchizedek was the king of Salem. Salem was “evidently somewhere West of the Jordan, in the country of the Canaanites.” 
“It is not possible to determine from Genesis where the Salem was of which Melchizedek was priest. (I pay no attention to the partisan Josephus),” writes Higgins. On a whim, Christians have decided “Salem” must be the same place as Jerusalem. However Higgins cites an ancient author, Eupolemus, as having written that “Abraham received gifts from Melchizedek in the Holy City of Hargarizim, or of Mount Gerizim.” 
And Mount Gerizim is the holy mountain of the Samaritans. (Background: Imposter Jews Run Israel, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 28, 2016. )
“When David and the priests removed the holy place from Gerizim to the city of the Jebusites, they then, perhaps, first called it Jerusalem; and to justify themselves against the charges of the Samaritans, they corrupted the text in Joshua, as some of the most eminent Protestant divines are obliged to allow, substituting Ebal for Gerizim, and Gerizim for Ebal.”  (The Jews thereby defrauded the Samaritans of their claim to Mount Gerizim as the holy mountain upon which Moses had commanded the large stones to be erected. See Deuteronomy, chapter 27.)
——- Sources ——-
 The Knights Templar of the Middle East, by HRH Prince Michael of Albany and Walid Amine Salhab. San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2006.
 Anacalypsis, by Godfrey Higgins. New York: Macy-Masius, 1927 edition.
 “Ebal vs. Gerizim”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 1, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/ebal-vs-gerizim/
 “Imposter Jews Run Israel”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 28, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/imposter-jews-run-israel/