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Holman Bible Dictionary
1. KJV translation of Hebrew term for shepherd in Jeremiah 2:8
; Jeremiah 3:15
; Jeremiah 10:21
; Jeremiah 12:10
; Jeremiah 22:22
; Jeremiah 23:1-2
). Modern translations generally substituted shepherd for pastor except at Jeremiah 2:8
(leader, NIV; ruler, NAS, NRSV). 2. Pastor translates the Greek term poimen
(shepherd) only at Ephesians 4:11
. The background of the term lies in the biblical image of the people of God as God's flock (Jeremiah 23:1-4
; Ezekiel 34:1-16
; Luke 12:32
; John 10:16
). Pastoral ministry is closely associated with teaching (Ephesians 4:11
) as God's gift to the church. Such ministry fulfills its God-ordained purpose when it trains church members to be mature in faith and equipped for ministry and unifies the church in Christian faith and knowledge (Ephesians 4:12-13
). Self-promotion and political divisiveness run counter to the biblical ideal for pastoral ministry. In laying down His life for His sheep (John 10:11
), Christ set the standard for pastoral ministry that goes beyond words to deeds. His sheep recognize His voice as a trustworthy guide (John 10:3-4
). Pastoral ministry is an expression of love for Christ (John 21:15-17
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Pastor'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/p/pastor.html. 1991.