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Rechabites

Rechabites. A Jewish religious sect mentioned by Jeremiah. It seems clear that they are an early instance of ‘tradition-fundamentalists’, who adhered to what had been established in the Wilderness period of the Exodus, and who refused innovations (e.g. wine, since vines could not be planted and harvested in that period).

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Rechabites

Rechabites (rē´kəbīts), in the Bible, a family that practiced asceticism. Organized by Jonadab, who helped Jehu purge Israel of the Baal cult, they drank no wine, built no houses, sowed no seed, planted no vines, and lived in tents. The Rechabites were apparently related to the Kenites.

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