Shepherds and Their Flock. Introduction. In this lesson, we wish to consider shepherds and their flock. To gain a better understanding, let us study a relevant and related Greek word family. Relevant and Related Greek Words.
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The root noun poimēn, translated “shepherd” identifies “(1) one who herds sheep, shepherd, sheep-herder; (2) one who serves as guardian or leader, shepherd, fig. ext. of 1.”
The verb poimainō means “(1) to serve as tender of sheep, herd, tend, (lead to) pasture; (2) to watch out for other people, to shepherd, of activity that protects, rules, governs, fosters, fig. ext. of 1; (a) in the sense of lead, guide, or rule; (b) protect, care for, nurture.”