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).‘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.’
- ‘Even grape juice and fresh and dried grapes are prohibited to the Nazarite!’
- ‘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.