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.
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