shepherd

The importance of shepherds in Israel lay in the dependence on sheep of both the religious cult and the national economy. Sheep in Palestine relied totally on the protection of their shepherd, who rescued them from lions and bears (1 Sam. 17:34–5; Amos 3:12), checked their numbers (Jer. 33:13), or failed to do so (Ezek. 34:8); and searched for any that were missing (Matt. 18:11–14). The image of the shepherd occurs frequently in the gospels (e.g. Luke 15:3–7), and Jesus is the ‘good shepherd’ (John 10:1–19) or the ‘great shepherd’ (Heb. 13:20).

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  • Shepherd — (engl. Schafhirte) ist der Familienname folgender Personen: André Shepherd (* 1977) Deserteur der US Army Alan Shepherd (1935–2007), britischer Motorradrennfahrer Arthur Shepherd (1880–1958), US amerikanischer Komponist Conrad Shepherd (* 1937… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shepherd — Shep herd, n. [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS. sce[ a]phyrde; sce[ a]p sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See {Sheep}, and {Herd}.] 1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shepherd — Villa de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Shepherd — Shepherd, MT U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 193 Housing Units (2000): 79 Land area (2000): 1.066378 sq. miles (2.761905 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.066378 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Shepherd — Shep herd, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shepherded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shepherding}.] To tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a shepherd. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] White, fleecy clouds . . . [1913 Webster] Shepherded by the slow, unwilling …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shepherd, MI — U.S. village in Michigan Population (2000): 1536 Housing Units (2000): 641 Land area (2000): 0.968059 sq. miles (2.507260 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.968059 sq. miles (2.507260 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Shepherd, MT — U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 193 Housing Units (2000): 79 Land area (2000): 1.066378 sq. miles (2.761905 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.066378 sq. miles (2.761905 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Shepherd, TX — U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 2029 Housing Units (2000): 853 Land area (2000): 6.114229 sq. miles (15.835781 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.008915 sq. miles (0.023089 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.123144 sq. miles (15.858870 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • shepherd — [shep′ərd] n. [ME shephirde < OE sceaphyrde: see SHEEP & HERD2] 1. a person who herds and takes care of sheep 2. a leader of a group; esp., a minister 3. GERMAN SHEPHERD vt. to tend, herd, guard, or lead as or like a …   English World dictionary

  • shepherd — (n.) O.E. sceaphierde, from sceap sheep + hierde herder, from heord a herd (see HERD (Cf. herd)). Cf. M.L.G., M.Du. schaphirde, M.H.G. schafhirte, German dialectal schafhirt. Shepherds customarily were buried with a tuft of wool in hand, to prove …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shepherd — (spr. Schepperd), Inselgruppe des Heiligengeistsarchipelagus (Südwestliches Polynesien) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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