Nazarene, a term of contempt applied to Christ and his first disciples, from Nazareth, the place of his residence, a poor town in the despised region of Galilee. There was a sect of heretics called Nazarenes in the 2d century, who insisted on the necessity of combining the Mosaical ceremonies with the religion of Christ. In Hungary, in 1857, arose a new sect which in the ten succeeding years made so many converts as to attract the attention of the government. Calling themselves Nazarenes, without disputing the divine origin of the Old Testament, they claim to derive their creed exclusively from the New Testament. They have no ordained clergy, and any man may explain the Scriptures. They practise baptism by immersion and for adults only. The funerals are simple, and the dead are not mourned for. Marriage is regarded as a purely civil institution, and Sunday is not considered sacred.
Nazarite (Heb. nazir), under the Levitical law, a person who for a certain period was bound by a vow to keep his hair unshorn, and to abstain from wine and every other kind of strong drink and from contact with the dead. Samson was a Nazarite.
See Nablus, and Shechem.
Neath (popularly called Castle Nedd), a town of Glamorganshire, S. Wales, on the river Neath, 30 m. N. W. of Cardiff; pop. in 1871, 9,134. It occupies the site of a Roman station (Nidum), and contains relics of an old castle and abbey. The town has been much improved within a few years. The port is accessory to that of Swansea, accommodating vessels of 300 tons, but the principal trade is carried on in barges to Briton Ferry, 2 m. below the town. Large iron, copper, and tin works are in the vicinity, and besides these metals coal and other articles are exported.
Neckar, Or Necker, a river of Germany, tributary to the Rhine, rising in Würtemberg E. of the Black Forest, near Schwenningen, on the frontiers of Baden, at an elevation of more than 2,000 ft. above the sea. It first flows in a N. direction, crossing Hohenzollern, then N. E. and N. through Wurtemberg, and finally N. W. through Baden, joining the Rhine at Mannheim. Its chief tributaries are the Enz, Kocher, and Jaxt. The principal places on its banks are Tubingen, Canstatt, near Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, and Mannheim. The entire length of the Neckar is about 250 m., and it is navigable nearly to Canstatt for small craft and to Heilbronn for steamers. The Neckar is remarkable for its lovely scenery, and excellent wine is produced along its shores.
Nectar, in Greek and Roman mythology, the beverage of the gods, imparting health, vigor, youth, and beauty to all who drank it. It is described as a red wine, which like that of mortals was drunk mixed with water It was served at the banquets of the immortals by Hebo or Ganymede. According to a few ancient writers it was the same as ambrosia, being not the drink but the food of the gods. In the Iliad, Thetisis represented as preserving the body of Patroclus from decay by anointing it with both ambrosia and nectar.