[XTalk] Nazirites [was Jesus the Nazorean]
> The head shaving is normally associated with the fulfillment of the vow.I think that the significance of Samson is that he repeatedly broke his vow.
> As an aside, I was musing about Samson today. Here is a lifelong
> Nazirite who was famous for killing Phillistines! I would have to
> imagine that after each battle he had to purify himself, shave his head
> and make the required sacrifices in order to rededicate the vow.
> Dave Hindley
With this reading, Delilah's cutting of his hair represents the renewal of
the vow. (His hair grew back soon after and Yahweh came upon him again.)
Another reference which shows that the men whose hair Paul shaved off were
definitely Nazirites is this, from Josephus (Antiquities Book 19, Chapter
"He [Herod Agrippa, soon after taking up his kingship] also came to
Jerusalem, and offered all the sacrifices that belonged to him, and omitted
nothing which the law required; on which account he ordained that many of
the Nazarites should have their heads shorn."