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Nazirite
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A nazirite (Heb. nāzîr) is an individual who has undertaken a nazirite vow. The verbal root of the Hebrew word nazirite (nzr) has as its basic meaning “to separate” or “to set apart” (Mayer, 1998, 307). The most detailed description of the nazirite vow in the biblical text is in Num 6. The basic description of the nazirite vow is a special vow for the purpose of separating oneself to God (Num 6:2). There are three distinct elements to this vow. The one making the vow must

1.  avoid all prod…

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Johnson, Benjamin J.M., “Nazirite”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002347>
First published online: 2020



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