The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Flock (Figurative)
FLOCK (FIGURATIVE). This expression frequently was used of God’s people. The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah and Zechariah all used flock in reference to Israel. For example, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd” (Isa 40:11). Jeremiah accused false prophets of having scattered the flock
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Shepherd, Flock
Shepherd, FlockShepherd and sheep imagery appear frequently in early Christian literature, reflecting the broader familiarity with the task of shepherding in ancient Mediterranean culture. 1. Background for the Image 2. Jesus as Shepherd in Early Christian Literature 3. Shepherds as Church Leaders
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FLOCK - a herd of animals that consisted of a mixture of sheep and goats in Bible times. Both kinds of animals grazed and traveled together (Gen. 30:31-32). The animals in such mixed flocks were difficult to tell apart except at close range. This explains Jesus’ teaching about separating sheep from goats
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
FlockIn the biblical world, a flock is almost always a group of sheep, though occasionally a group of goats is involved. When the specific image of flock is used (as distinct from sheep), the image incorporates what might be called the group dynamics of the sheep as a community of animals. The exception
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
FLOCK, FOLD.—For a general treatment of these words see Sheep, Shepherd. But it may be noted here that, whereas in Jn 10:1, 16 we find in AV ‘fold’ three times (‘he that entereth not by the door into the sheep-fold’; and ‘other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and … there
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FLOCK Sheep and goats under the care of a shepherd (Gen. 30:31–32). God’ people are sometimes described as sheep without a shepherd (Num. 27:17; Ezek. 34:5, 8; Matt. 9:36; Mark 6:34), that is, in need of leaders who would rule them justly and nurture them spiritually. God’s people can be described as
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
flock. A group of animals; the word is used in the Bible especially of small cattle, that is, sheep or goats that are herded together. The most frequent Hebrew term is ṣōʾn H7366 (Gen. 4:2 et al.), but ʿēder H6373, which can include larger cattle, is also common (Gen. 29:2–3 et al.). In the NT, the
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