One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Israelite who was consecrated to the service of God, under vows to abstain from alcohol, let the hair grow, and avoid defilement by contact with dead bodies (Num. 6).
- ‘Even grape juice and fresh and dried grapes are prohibited to the Nazarite!’
- ‘Samson was a Nazarite (also spelled Nazirite).’
- ‘Well in Palestine I would say they were called either Essenes or Nazirites or some other like term.’
- ‘On the other hand, it was open to non-priests to adopt a quasi-priestly life voluntarily, like the biblical Nazirites.’
- ‘The Nazirites too would have taken this view, without rejecting Jewish law.’
- ‘The Gospels say John was a member of the Nazarites, a sect whose followers didn't cut their hair, and that he adopted the dress of the ancient prophets, including a garment woven of camel's hair.’
From Hebrew nāzīr ‘consecrated one’, from nāzar ‘to separate or consecrate oneself’, + -ite.
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