That whole “Nazirite” thing

Samson the Nazirite

A quick word search on “Nazirite[s]” show only the following:
Num 6:2-21 – used at least 10 times
Judges 13:5,7 and 16:17 (Samson)
Amos 2:11-12

This made me wonder if Numbers 6 was created primarily to explain Judges 13.  I find it odd that it’s not mentioned more.

Even Numbers 6:2 implies familiarity with this vow “If anyone, man or woman, explicitly utters a nazirite’s vow…” then it goes on to explain what they shall and shall not do.  But it begins with the assumption that everybody knows what a nazirite vow is.  It doesn’t say that a person should take this vow, or even why a person should take this vow, it just assumes that some people do, and then there are rules to be followed. JSB footnote in Numbers describes Samson as a “lifetime Nazirite” (The Jewish Study Bible capitalizes the word in the side notes but not in scripture translation).

Amos 2:11-12 says this:
11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.  12 But ye gave the Nazirites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying: ‘Prophesy not.’

An entire tractate of the Talmud is dedicated to the topic of the Nazir:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazir_%28Talmud%29

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