Plot[ edit ] The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetiche asks a Romani fortune teller in a nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. Early into his journey, he meets an old king named Melchizedek or the king of Salem, who tells him to sell his sheep so as to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend.
Exactly what does all this mean? Both of these terms are impersonal and suggest a possible panentheistic view of God.
Panentheism, even though some forms of it make distinctions between God and creation, always includes some kind of relationship whereby God is dependent in some way on the need for creation or is participating in it in a way that affects His knowledge or His nature.
This Melchizedek even tells Santiago that he must give him one-tenth of his sheep, clearly a parallel to when Abraham then called Abram gave one-tenth of the spoils of a battle to Melchizedek in the Genesis account.
In fact, a short while later, this character recalls meeting Abraham 33 and states he required one-tenth from Abraham. However, the Bible does not say Melchizedek required anything; it only tells us that Abraham Abram gave one-tenth to Melchizedek.
This Melchizedek can also appear as anything, even as a stone 24 in order to accomplish a certain purpose. However, the true God specifically forbids following or reading omens Deuteronomy Under his cloak, Melchizedek wears a gold breastplate made with precious stones and which contains a black stone and white stone called Urim and Thummim; he gives them to the boy for asking yes and no questions The author is confusing passages about the Urim and Thummim given first to Aaron in Exodus There is no record that Melchizedek had these.
No one is sure what the Urim and Thummim were although some surmise they were a black and white stone. We do know that God initiated this as a means by which the high priest consulted God at certain times the last mention of the Urim and Thummim is in Nehemiah. However, in this story, Melchizedek gives them to the shepherd to use as an omen, with no connection to God and certainly out of context with anything in the Bible.
Urim and Thummim were used only by the high priest in the Old Testament, under direct instructions by God. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
This is to contrast Melchizedek with the Levitical priesthood and is set up prior to and apart from the priesthood under the Law.
This is a theme in the book of Hebrews building up to the point that Jesus is not a priest under the Law, the Levitical priesthood, but is a high priest in the manner of Melchizedek, which preceded the Law and the Levitical priesthood, and which is an eternal priesthood.
Jesus is the final and superior High Priest due to His sacrifice on the cross and bodily resurrection, and the fact that He ascends to a superior tabernacle in heaven.
This is explained in detail in Hebrews chapters 5 through 9. The theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of Jesus as high priest because this was written to encourage Jewish believers who were being persecuted to not return to the old covenant sacrifices and rituals the Temple was still standing but soon to be destroyed by Titus in 70 A.
Therefore, the author of Hebrews demonstrates the superiority of the priesthood of Jesus Christ to the priesthood under the old covenant. He tells Santiago that he must find his dream and Personal Legend and that this is what God desires.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Using a biblical character to represent values that go against God is a move of hubris and defiance. Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
Santiago meets an Englishman who is traveling to an oasis in search of an alchemist reputed to be years old. Both of these originate in the occult art of alchemy which sought to turn base metals to gold.
However, alchemy was more than that. And more from the same article: This Englishman, it turns out, also has a Urim and Thummim, and he also seeks omens. But this process is also a spiritual purification. So alchemy, beyond turning metals into gold and finding eternal youth, is a spiritual path, and is called The Master Work.
This type of esoteric thinking is a hallmark of occult philosophy. The Alchemist The book switches to the different points of view of the various characters, so we see the Alchemist first on page 86 thinking about what he observes.Santiago, the alchemist, and their escort ride until they arrive at a Coptic monastery.
The alchemist tells Santiago they are three hours from the pyramids, and that he must finish the trip alone. The alchemist speaks to one of the monks in a strange language, and the monk leads him and Santiago to. The Nagual Elias and the second chance.
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The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international bestseller.
An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there.
The whole thing reminds Santiago of "the image of Santiago Matamoros, mounted on his white horse, with the infidels beneath his hooves. This man looked exactly the same, except that now the roles were reversed" (). In other words, the alchemist reminds Santiago of another Santiago.
This calls for some detective work. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.
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