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The term “Nazirite” is from Heb. nāzı̂r, “one who is consecrated, devoted [to the Lord].” The laws regarding Nazirites (Num. 6:1–21) include abstinence from wine (or any other product of the grapevine) and other strong drinks (Dietary Laws; Asceticism), from cutting one’s hair or beard, and from touching a corpse. Both men and women could become Nazirites. One could be a Nazirite for a specified period of time, during which, if the vow was broken, there was a means for purification and restoration (vv. 9–12). There was also a ritual for leaving at the end of the time of conse…

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Hultgren, Arland J., “Nazirites”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N93>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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