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God promises the birth of Samson
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The military leaders “raised up” by Yahweh to deliver the people of Israel from their enemies. The biblical record of the period of Judges comes from the book of Judges and from the first 12 chapters of 1 Samuel (1 Sam 1–12).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Judge, Role in Israel
Judge, Role in Israel The military leaders “raised up” by Yahweh to deliver the people of Israel from their enemies. The biblical record of the period of Judges comes from the book of Judges and from the first 12 chapters of 1 Samuel (1 Sam 1–12).
Nazirite
Nazirite (נָזִיר‎, nazir, ναζιραίους, naziraious). A man or woman who has taken the Nazirite vow, which is distinguished by abstinence from certain actions. Primarily seen in the Old Testament among the Israelites with possible New Testament examples.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Nazirite, Nazarite
Nazirite, Nazarite. Person who was either chosen or consecrated for life or for a set period of time to complete a vow to God. The Nazirite (kjv Nazarite) devoted himself to self-imposed discipline in order to perform some special service.Israelite tradition viewed the Nazirite as consecrated for life.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Nazirite
Nazirite nazʹə-rīt [Heb nāzîr—‘consecrated one,’ < nāzar, ‘to consecrate’; cf. also nāḏar—‘to vow’; Gk nazeiraíos, plus various words indicating “holiness” or “devotion.” In Nu. 6:21b, c the RSV supplies “Nazirite” (cf. AV, NEB)]; AV NAZARITE. The basic meaning of the different Hebrew and Greek
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Nazarite, Nazirite
NAZARITE*, NAZIRITE Person who was either chosen or consecrated for life or for a set period of time to complete a vow to God. The Nazirite (Nazarite) devoted himself to self-imposed discipline in order to perform some special service (Nm 6:1–21).Israelite tradition viewed the Nazirite as consecrated
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nazirites
Nazirites (naz´uh-rits; Heb., “dedicated/consecrated [ones]”), men or women who entered a consecrated state upon their own or a parent’s vow (Num. 6:1–21; 1 Sam. 1:1–11; Judg. 13:1–7). There were three main conditions for entering and remaining in this holy state. First, Nazirites were to refrain from
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Nazarite
NAZARITE, NAZIRITE. A lay person of either sex who was bound by a special vow of consecration to God’s service for a defined period of time or for life (Num 6:1–5). His abstinence was an individual matter, not as a member of a group such as the Rechabites (q.v.). Ordinarily the vow was made voluntarily,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Nazirite
NAZIRITE (Heb. nāzi’r, from nāzar, ‘to separate, consecrate, abstain’; cf. nēzer, ‘a diadem’, the ‘crown of God’, sometimes identified with the Nazirite’s uncut hair). In Israel the Nazirite was one who separated himself from others by consecration to Yahweh with a special vow.The origin of the practice
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nazirite
Nazirite (Heb. nāzɩ̂r)Men or women who consecrated themselves to God for a specific time by a special vow (Num. 6:1–21). During the period of consecration, Nazirites had to abstain from alcoholic drink and leave their hair uncut. Their special status as “holy to the Lord” also required that they be
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nazirite
Nazirite [năzˊə rīt] (Heb. nazîr “consecrated” or “devoted one”; from nāzar “to consecrate” or “separate [oneself]”). An individual who made a vow to separate himself to Yahweh. The vow consisted of three important abstentions: from consuming any products of the vine, from touching dead bodies,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Nazirite
NAZIRITE (Hebrew, from a verb meaning “to separate” or “consecrate”) A man or woman who has taken a special vow of consecration to the Lord according to the terms prescribed in Num 6:1–21. Nazirites did not consume anything produced by the grapevine, including juice, wine, or grape skins, and they avoided
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Nazirites
Nazirites (so modern translations of the Bible; AV ‘Nazarites’). A body of Israelites specially consecrated to the service of God who were under vows to abstain from eating or drinking the produce of the vine, to let their hair grow, and to avoid defilement by contact with a dead body (Num. 6). Originally
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Judges
Judges. The judges were temporary and special deliverers, sent by God to deliver the Israelites from their oppressors; not supreme magistrates, succeeding to the authority of Moses and Joshua. Their power only extended over portions of the country, and some of them were contemporaneous. Their first work
Nazarite
Naz´arite, more properly Naz´irite (one separated), one of either sex who was bound by a vow of a peculiar kind to be set apart from others for the service of God. The obligation was either for life or for a defined time. There is no notice in the Pentateuch of Nazarites for life; but the regulations
Key passages
Jdg 13:2–7

There was a certain man from Zorah, from the tribe of the Danites, and his name was Manoah; his wife was infertile and did not bear children. And an angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and he said to her, “Behold, you are infertile and have not borne children, but you will conceive and bear …

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