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
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.