Nazarite


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Nazarite

(năz`ərīt') [Heb. nazir=consecrated], in the Bible, a man dedicated to God. The Nazarite, after taking a special vow, abstained from intoxicating beverages, never cut his hair, and avoided corpses. An inadvertent breach of these rules called for purificatory rites. His vow was for a fixed term (though it could also be for life), at the end of which he was released. Samuel, the prophet, and Samson were Nazarites. The name is also spelled Nazirite.
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high, hunchbacked with a long face, long nose, and meeting eyebrows, so they who see him might be affrighted, with scanty hair with a parting in the middle of his head, after the manner of the Nazarites, and with an undeveloped beard.
Structured from the general to the particular, the book moves from an historical analysis of ibandla lamaNazaretha, though a broad overview of Nazarite religious culture and expressive forms, to an in-depth analysis of the ritual practices of young virgin girls and married women.
Samson was a Nazarite, whose vows included the promise never to cut his hair; once his hair was cut, his promise to God was broken and his essence of strength - which came from God - was altered.
Yes, to smell porke, to eate of the habitation which your Prophet the Nazarite conjured the divell into: I will buy with you, sell with you, talke with you, walke with you, and so following: but I will not eate with you, drinke with you, nor pray with you.
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The sin of the Nazarite is not the rejection of the world, but the inevitable return to the impute world which had been rejected.
In Amaoti and Bhambayi, the most popular congregations are, on the one hand, the Zionist churches (of which more than 30 are represented in Amaoti alone), apostolic churches such as St John's Faith Mission, which has a huge healing centre with premises next to the police station in Amaoti (Sundkler 1976), the Shembe Nazarite Church--Ibandla lamaNazaretha--which has the headquarters of its two divided factions in Ebuhleni and Ekuphakameni not far away within Inanda (Vilakazi 1986).
Meshack Radebe, whose life story forms an important document in Nazarite history, talks of his own dream-inspired writing in these terms: "If I were to write any more about the deeds that I have seen accomplished by that Lord, I would write a Bible the size of a house, and it would be bigger than all those other ones that have ever existed" (cited in Gunner 2002:197).
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23) Out of the post-1820s Baltimore Mutual Aid Society, for example, grew at least three national societies: the Good Samaritans, the Nazarites, and the Galilean Fishermen.
Churches such as the Zionists and Nazarites are renowned for melding elements of traditional beliefs into Christian worship.