Nazarite Queens

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A statue of Aphrodite showing the elaborate hairdos upper class women which might be a version of a “Nazarite from his/her mother’s womb”…the back hair being “broided” and wound on the head…as the men’s hair was to be wound as a crown on his head…see last post.  Pinterest from cristogenea.org, Susie Jackman Pinterest page.

Nothing we have heard so far about royal women would lead us to believe that they were especially religious. In fact, they are not mentioned in that regard at all. And it is still up to debate how and in what manner women participated in the Jewish religion in the past. There were many rules women were to follow and sacrifices they were to make and a court in the Temple was called the Women’s Court so they could perform their duties and not contaminate the others. But perhaps a clue can be found that might indicate a woman’s degree of religion…by hints like this…this quote is from the mother of five high priest about her hair:

The hair was regarded by the Rabbis as so powerful an augmentation of beauty that married women were recommended to hide it…(T)he Talmud relates the following: Ḳimhit, the mother of seven sons who successively held the office of high priest, was once asked by what merit of hers she was so blessed in her sons. “Because,” said she, “the beams of my house have never seen my hair” (Yoma 47a). www.jewishencyclopedia.com

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