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Naz´i`rite


prop. n.1.A Nazarite.
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The Nazirites were a strict Jewish group that had certain dietary prohibitions, among them not drinking wine.
Like the Nazirites and the Jews, they refuse good meat and deny baptism to small children if they die before the eighth day after their birth.
Nazirites in late Second Temple Judaism; a survey of ancient Jewish writings, the New Testament, archaeological evidence, and other writings from late antiquity.
Several Second Temple era sources refer to Nazirites as people who have made a special vow to abstain from certain behaviors such as drinking wine, cutting their hair, or having contact with a corpse, says Chepey (religion, Richland College and Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, Texas), but say little else about them, such as being constituents of any voluntary association.
The Nazirites too would have taken this view, without rejecting Jewish law.
12) Amos includes several incidents in the single event--clearing the land of Amorites, journey in the wilderness, and instituting prophets and Nazirites (2:9-11).
The first gloss on [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] offers a synoptic, and somewhat cryptic, explanation for the reference to purple: "The braided hair of your Nazirites are as beautiful with mitzvot as braided purple" [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Why is the section on the Nazirites placed just after the section on the Sotah in Numbers (Chapter 6) ?
The Ramban sees the Nazirite as the moral antithesis to the Sotah.
This section also included a description of the activities of those persons who were not associated with the Temple or its cult yet who had important roles in Israelite religious life: the prophets," the nazirites, and, most significantly to Sigonio, the scribes, whom he described as "teachers" or "interpreters of the law.
And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When either man or woman shall clearly utter a vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to consecrate himself unto the Lord, he shall abstain from wine and strong drink .
In the essay that follows, the central opportunity for interpretation is created by the juxtaposition of two apparently unrelated injunctions in the book of Numbers (whose Hebrew title is Bamidbar): the Sotah, the ordeal of a wife susp ected by her husband of adultery, and the vows of the Nazir, the Nazirite or ascetic.