Nazarites and Nazarenes

From old Christadelphian writings

A Nazarene is not necessarily a Nazarite. The former is simply the description of a native, or inhabitant, of Nazareth. Therefore, Jesus was called a Nazarene (Matt. ii. 23).

A Nazarite was one who was under a particular vow, and for a certain time (Num. vi. 2, 12). While under such vow he had to abstain from everything connected with the vine, whether husk or wine, and was not to cut his hair, or touch a dead body (Num. vi. 3, 7).

The antitypical meaning is that those who have vowed themselves to the Lord are to abstain from the intoxicating pleasures of the world, to be separated here from, and to put off the old man and touch not the unclean (2 Cor. vi. 17; Col. iii. 2; 2 Tim. iii. 4; 1Pet. ii. 11; iv. 3; 1 John ii. 15).

Dr. Thomas wrote:

“Some foolish commentators have sought for the solution of Matt. ii. 23 in something connected with the Nazarites; with which, however, it has not the remotest connection. It was, in fact, a term of reproach and contempt”.

F G. J.


Find also

Jesus called a Nazarite:

The Nazarene Christ:

Over Christadelphians

Free Christadelphians or Brothers and sisters in Christ, living in Belgium, European Union. - Vrijë Christadelphians of Broeders en zusters in Christus wonende in België in de Europese Unie.
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