Herdman • Herdsmen
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HERDSMAN [Heb nōqēd (נֹקֵד)]. A term that denotes the work of shepherding small cattle (sheep and goats), and possibly specified the care of a choice breed of sheep. The Ar naqad refers to a species of small sheep producing abundant wool, and the shepherd of this animal was a naqqad. The Akk nāqidu
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Herdsman[Heb rōʿeh] (Gen. 13:7f; 26:20; 1 S. 21:7); AV HERDMEN; NEB also SHEPHERDS; [bôqēr] (Am. 7:14); AV HERDMAN; [šāḇeṭ—‘herdsman’s staff’] (Lev. 27:32); AV “rod”; NEB “counting rod”; [Gk. bóskontes] (Mt. 8:33; Mk. 5:14; Lk. 8:34); AV “they that kept them,” “they that fed the swine”; NEB
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HERDSMEN Men who cared for domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep and goats (Gn 13:7–8; 26:20; 1 Sm 21:7). They also included shepherds. In the NT shepherds were well known. The metaphor of the shepherd and his sheep was used by Jesus (Jn 10:1–16). Some herdsmen kept pigs (Mt 8:33; Mk 5:14; Lk 8:34).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Herdman, Herdsman
HERDMAN, HERDSMAN. (Heb. bôqēr, a tender of oxen; in distinction from rō˓ı̂, a feeder of sheep). The rich owners of herds placed them in charge of herdsmen, who watched the cattle to keep them from straying, to protect them from wild beasts, and lead them to suitable pasture. Usually they carried
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
HerdsmanIn Egypt herdsmen were probably of the lowest caste. Some of Joseph’s brethren were made rulers over Pharaoh’s cattle (Gen. 47:6, 17). The Israelites were known in Egypt as “keepers of cattle;” and when they left it they took their flocks and herds with them (Ex. 12:38). Both David and Saul
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HERDSMAN<hurdz’-man> ([בּוֹקֵר‎, boqer]; the King James Version, the English Revised Version “herdman”): A cowherd (Am 7:14). The same word is used in Syria today. [רֹעֶה‎, ròeh], has its equivalent in the language of Syria and Palestine (Arabic ra’i), and is a general term for any kind of a herdsman
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HERDSMAN One who cares for cattle in contrast to a shepherd who cares for sheep. Amos served as a herdsman before receiving his prophetic call (Amos 7:14). Herdsmen were sometimes included among high-ranking officials of ancient kings (1 Chron. 27:29; 28:1; cp. Gen. 46:34). Herdsmen were sometimes paid
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
herdsman. KJV, “herdman.” This English term is used a few times in Bible versions as the rendering of Hebrew rōʿeh (ptc. of rāʿâ H8286, Gen. 26:20 et al.), a term usually translated “shepherd” (the KJV uses “herdman” also to render other Heb. terms in Amos 1:1; 7:14). The frequent biblical references
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
HERDSMAN, hûrdz′man (בּוֹקֵר‎, bōḳer; AV, ERV “herdman”): A cowherd (Am 7:14). The same word is used in Syria today. רֹעֶה‎, rō‛eh, has its equivalent in the language of Syria and Pal (Arab. ra’i), and is a general term for any kind of a herdsman (Gen 13:7, 8; 26:20; 1 S 21:7). נֹקֵד‎, nōḳēdh, occurs
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HERDSMAN [בּוֹקֵרboqer, רֹעֶהroʿeh; βοσκών boskōn]. From the verb raʿa meaning “to graze,” the noun indicates one who watches over a herd of domestic animals such as cattle (Gen 13:7–8; 26:20) or swine (Matt 8:33; Mark 5:14; Luke 8:34). It is alternately translated “herder” or, most often, “SHEPHERD,”