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Old Dec 28, '09, 12:29 pm
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Default Nazarene vs Nazarite - difference?

My friend's pastor (fundamentalist pastor) told his congregation this past weekend that there is a difference between a "Nazarene" and a "Nazarite", but could not tell them what the difference was.

Does anyone know?
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Old Dec 28, '09, 12:55 pm
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Default Re: Nazarene vs Nazarite - difference?

The two words are similar but have no connection with one another.

Jesus was a Nazarean; He was from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.

Samuel was a Nazarite; He was dedicated to the Lord by his mother (From 1Samuel 1) and had to live an ascetic life, which included not drinking wine or cutting his hair. Being a Nazarite could be for a period of time or for a person's entire life. Samson was also a Nazarite.

I would think that if a minister or preacher is going to say there is a difference, that he or she would find out what the difference is first! Like by reading the Bible!
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A Nazarite was someone who took a vow. While under that vow, they were to refrain from alcohol of any kind, they had to stay away from dead bodies, and they couldn't cut their hair. These stipulations were in effect until their vow was fulfilled. Some Jews took a Nazarite vow to see to the death of Paul. They vowed not to eat until Paul died. That turned out to be a long fast. Samson, in Judges, was a Nazarite. This was one of the reasons he lost his strength when Delilah cut his hair, for he didn't fulfill his promise to God. It is thought that John the Baptist may have been a Nazarite, for you may remember the Angel Gabriel telling Zachariah that no alcohol would pass his lips and from his description, not too many scissors passed over his scalp either! And in Acts, roughly chapter 21, Paul paid for the fulfillment rituals of 4 Nazarites to appease the Jews who thought Paul had lost his Jewish identity.

A Nazarene is someone from Nazareth.
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