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Nâ•zir

Pronunciation Table [Updated: 2020.03.06] 

masc . n. nâ•zir; , Nazir 1. adult male "who vows for a specific period to abstain from partaking of grapes or any of its products whether intoxicating or not, cutting his hair, and touching a corpse" – enabling a lay Jew to officiate like a kō•hein", 2 an unpruned grapevine (the grapevine being the ancient equivalent of the family tree), symbolized by unshorn hair and abstinence from all grape products including wine (i.e. not pruning the grapes, which represent në•phësh•ōt, from the vine); plural nᵊzir•im; de-Judaized (Hellenized) to "Nazirite." Cognate: (nᵊzir•ūt; state of being a nâ•zir; naziriteship)

Head-Shaving & The Nâ•zir

Head-shaving (scraping or plucking) dates back to cavemen, perhaps due to a combination of lice or to deprive enemies of a handhold during combat. Whether for either, both or some other reasons, head-shaving was common among Egyptians.

Also, ancient master-instructors , i.e. priestly-military, of other ancient cultures shaved the heads of apprentices in order to conspicuously discipline (subjugate) and identify adherents to the master-instructor as well as eliminate an obvious handhold for any enemy in close-quarter combat and minimize lice, etc. Consequently, accepting a master-instructor over ones head acquired the implication of shaving the head; and vice-versa.

Being directly subordinate to ‑‑, the Nâ•zir was forbidden any other head-shaving, which would imply some other master-instructor.

Accordingly, ordinary Israelis were also afforded the opportunity to serve temporarily (for a 30-day period) as a special-kō•hein, i.e. a Nâ•zir. Thus, the Nâ•zir shaved his head in special subjugation directly to ‑‑ as Master-Mōr•âh. Consequently, the hair grown during the temporary service was dësh. Therefore, at the end of the special Nâ•zir service, the hair grown during nᵊzir•ūt was required to be shorn and burned in order lᵊ‑ha•vᵊdil between dësh and khōl.

Hellenist Era

While LXX usually renders this ευχομαι (eukhomai; [one] "praying" according to Vine's Expository Dictionary), if the nâ•zir-ευχομαι correspondence carried over originally into the NT as one who was consecrated, it was distorted by the later redactions (cf. wish, would or pray in Πραξεις Αποστολων 26:29; 27:29 where, during the time of the Beit ha-Mi•qᵊdâsh, nâ•zir would have been implied).

LXX also renders nâ•zir as Ναζειραιος (Nazeiraios), which is how it blurred into the totally unrelated, obviously gentile (unable to discern even between a nâ•zir and a Ko•hein ha-Jâ•dol) sect of Ναζωραιος (Nazoraios; Nazoraeans) in NT.

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