Word: poimhn

Pronounce: poy-mane'

Strongs Number: G4166

Orig: of uncertain affinity; a shepherd (literally or figuratively):--shepherd, pastor.

Use: TDNT-6:485,901 Noun Masculine

Heb Strong: H7200

    1) a herdsman, esp. a shepherd
    1a) in the parable, he to whose care and control others have committed themselves, and whose precepts they follow
    2) metaph.
    2a) the presiding officer, manager, director, of any assembly: so of Christ the Head of the church
    2a1) of the overseers of the Christian assemblies
    2a2) of kings and princes
    The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were: -to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep -to defend the sheep from attackers -to heal the wounded and sick sheep -to find and save lost or trapped sheep -to love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust.

    During World War II, a shepherd was a pilot who guided another pilot whose plane was partially disabled back to the base or carrier by flying alongside him to maintain visual contact.