Character Study on Nazirites

Character Study on Nazirites

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Shaving - See Hair, Nazirites
Nazarites - Nazarites (năz'a-rîtes), properly Nazirites, Numbers 6:2, from a Hebrew word signifying "to separate. We know, however, that there were perpetual Nazirites. Samson and probably Samuel and John the Baptist were perpetual Nazirites
Jehonadab - They are reminiscent of the regulations that governed the Nazirites
Nazirite - Martial devotion coalesced with the ascetic spirit to produce such men as Jonadab, son of Rechab, who resembled the Nazirites very closely ( 2 Kings 10:15 , Jeremiah 35:6 f. Women, too, became Nazirites. corner of the women’s court, where the Nazirites boiled their peace-offerings, cut off their hair and cast it into the caldron. Just before the battle of Emmaus, the Nazirites, being shut out of Jerusalem, could not offer the concluding sacrifices there. Thus, when Agrippa came from Rome to Jerusalem to enter on his kingdom, ‘he offered many sacrifices of thanksgiving; wherefore also he ordered that many of the Nazirites should have their heads shaven’ (Jos
Nazirite - ... If by mishap the Nazirite were defiled by contact with the dead, he had to go through a process of ceremonial cleansing, shaving his head and bringing a sin-offering, a burnt-offering, and a trespass-offering, and then begin the original period of his Naziriteship de novo (Numbers 6:9-12). ‘Ye gave the Nazirites wine to drink’ (Judges 2:12). Among the ancient Arabians there were several groups bearing a strong resemblance to the Hebrew Nazirites, and it was for purposes of war or blood-feud that they consecrated themselves. In this the Rechabites were closely allied to the Nazirites. Hence it was natural that regulations against defilement, similar to those which applied to priests, should be imposed on Nazirites likewise. Men and women, both high and low in rank, became Nazirites. ’ The necessary expenses were heavy, and it was considered a meritorious thing for the wealthy to defray the expenses of poor Nazirites. The technical term for this charity was ‘having so many Nazirites shorn’ (Nâzîr, ii. 5, 6), King Agrippa, ‘coming to Jerusalem in much greater prosperity than he had before, … ordered that many of the Nazirites should have their heads shorn (Josephus, Ant. -Nazirites are not definitely mentioned in the NT, and there is difference of opinion as to the number of indirect references. The only point in which it is predicted or enjoined that John shall resemble the Nazirites is his abstinence from wine, but there is no ground for believing that all who practised that self-denial were Nazirites
Nazirite - ... If by mishap the Nazirite were defiled by contact with the dead, he had to go through a process of ceremonial cleansing, shaving his head and bringing a sin-offering, a burnt-offering, and a trespass-offering, and then begin the original period of his Naziriteship de novo (Numbers 6:9-12). ‘Ye gave the Nazirites wine to drink’ (Judges 2:12). Among the ancient Arabians there were several groups bearing a strong resemblance to the Hebrew Nazirites, and it was for purposes of war or blood-feud that they consecrated themselves. In this the Rechabites were closely allied to the Nazirites. Hence it was natural that regulations against defilement, similar to those which applied to priests, should be imposed on Nazirites likewise. Men and women, both high and low in rank, became Nazirites. ’ The necessary expenses were heavy, and it was considered a meritorious thing for the wealthy to defray the expenses of poor Nazirites. The technical term for this charity was ‘having so many Nazirites shorn’ (Nâzîr, ii. 5, 6), King Agrippa, ‘coming to Jerusalem in much greater prosperity than he had before, … ordered that many of the Nazirites should have their heads shorn (Josephus, Ant. -Nazirites are not definitely mentioned in the NT, and there is difference of opinion as to the number of indirect references. The only point in which it is predicted or enjoined that John shall resemble the Nazirites is his abstinence from wine, but there is no ground for believing that all who practised that self-denial were Nazirites
Nazirite - ... Samuel and John the Baptist were possibly Nazirites for life (1 Samuel 1:11; Luke 1:15)
Hair - Hence, perhaps, the long hair of the Nazirites was to indicate humility and subjection
Drunkenness (2) - It would seem that the Nazirites, the Rechabites, and other ascetics realized that indulgence in wine was inimical to spiritual life (cf
Drink - These conditions were stricter for Nazirites, who lived constantly before God
Nazarene - ... (The Nazirites had no connexion, linguistic or other, with Nazareth and the Nazarenes
Abstain, Abstinence - The most famous Nazirites of biblical history were Samson (Judges 13 ) and Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11 )
Corban - 4, Josephus says of the Nazirites: ‘They dedicate themselves to God as a corban, which in the language of the Greeks denotes “a gift
Wine And Strong Drink - The use of wine was universal among all classes (see Meals, § 6 ), with the exception of those who had taken a vow of abstinence, such as the Nazirites and Rechabites
Jesus, Life And Ministry of - The play on words seems intended to poke fun simultaneously at Jesus' obscure origins and at the stark contrast (in the eyes of many) between His supposed holiness (like the Nazirites of the Old Testament) and His practice of keeping company with sinners, prostitutes, and tax collectors (Mark 2:17 )
Sanctification, Sanctify - ] to persons priests, Nazirites, etc
Marriage - It was not part of the Nazirite’s vow (Numbers 6:3-5), though no doubt many Nazirites, like John Baptist (if indeed he was one of them), were celibates