Monday, July 21, 2008

Tacitus regarding a practice with similarity to the Jewish Nazarites.

"Then Civilis fulfilled a vow often made by barbarians; his hair, which he had let grow long and colored with a red dye from the day of taking up arms against Rome, he now cut short, when the destruction of the legions had been accomplished." - Histories IV.62.

In the first century AD, Civilis was a leader of the Batavi, who were geographically situated where Holland is today. This compares to Number 6 -

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Speak to the Israelites and say to them: "If man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of separation to the Lord as a Nazarite, ... During the entire period of his vow of separation no razor may be used on his head. He must be holy until the period of his separation to the Lord is over; he must let the hair of his head grow long. ...

Now this is the law for the Nazirite when the period of his separation is over. ... Then at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the Nazirite must shave off the hair that he dedicated. He is to take the hair and put it in the fire that is under the sacrifice of the fellowship offering. ..."

The rough similarity between the Biblical practice and that of the Batavi is what jumped out at me here. No, I am not suggesting any lost tribes theory! ... or trying to suggest any other conclusion.

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