Originally Posted by Yirmeyahu720
Was John a Nazarite or did he eat insects as the english version of the bible says?
This is really several questions, and one implied question or statement. I've tried to answer this several times, but my browser locked up. So I will give you a brief answer, and then fill in the details or citations later.
1) Was John a Nazarite? According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, John was never explicitly called a Nazarite in Scripture, but was "generally reckoned" to be one.
2) Did he eat insects as the English version of the Bible says? Yes. According to Vine's Expository Dictionary of the Bible, the word translated as "locust" (akris
) is the Greek word for locust, i.e., the insect or animal.
3) Were Nazarites vegetarians? This is your implied question. I have seen no authoritative information that indicates that Nazarites were vegetarians or required to be vegetarians. The article in the Catholic Encyclopedia implies that they were not, since they were instructed to "purify" themselves in case of defilement by offering animal sacrifices--rather illogical for a vegetarian.
So, yes, he was probably a Nazarite, but no, he was not a vegetarian.
Yes, I've read some of the posts in the other forum you cited, including their quotations from apocryphal books, but just find those sources unconvincing.