Abner onetime head of.  Ascetic and eccentric; majority refused to accept Jesus.  Believed in coming of Messiah.  Engedi was southern headquarters.  John the Baptist joined.  Looked upon as sanctified personalities.  Nazarite corner of women’s court in Jerusalem temple.  Parable of Lazarus and Dives.  Permitted to enter holy of holies in temple.  Samson and prophet Samuel were.  Vowed to abstain from intoxicants, let hair grow, not touch dead.