Nazirites

Nazirites (Naz´uh-rits; Heb., “dedicated” or “consecrated” [ones])

Men or women who entered a consecrated state upon their own or a parent’s vow (Num 6:1-21; 1Sam 1:1-11; Judg 13:1-7). The three main conditions for entering and remaining in this holy state were refraining from the fruit of the vine and other intoxicants, not allowing a razor to touch one’s hair for one’s term as a Nazirite, and not going near a dead body—not even that of one’s own father or mother (Num 6:1-7). Samuel is not explicitly named a Nazirite, but the wording of the vow made by his mother, Hannah (1Sam 1:11), strongly suggests he should be counted as one. Samson is the most famous, explicitly named Nazirite (Judg 13:7; Judg 16:17). Both Samuel and Samson were consecrated by vows uttered when they were still in their mothers’ wombs.

Num 6:1-21

* Invalid citation format *

1Sam 1:1-11

* Invalid citation format *

Judg 13:1-7

* Invalid citation format *

Num 6:1-7

* Invalid citation format *

1Sam 1:11

* Invalid citation format *

Judg 13:7

* Invalid citation format *

Judg 16:17

* Invalid citation format *

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.