The Function of the Nazirite's Concluding Purification Offering
Contribution to Book
Number 6:13-20 outlines a ceremony, including a purification offering (vv. 14, 16), to be performed at the end of a successfully completed Nazirite period. The purpose of this mandatory purification offering constitutes a crux. For what nondefiant sin or sever physical ritual impurity- the evils remedied by non-calendric purification offerings elsewhere (e.g. Lev 4:1- 5:13; 12:6-8; 14:19)- could such a sacrifice expiate in this context? The answer to this question may affect or at least test our understasnding of purification offerings in general.
Perspectives on Purity and Purification in the Bible
Gane, Roy, "The Function of the Nazirite's Concluding Purification Offering" (2008). Faculty Publications. 139.