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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
(רֹעֶה, roch, from רָעָה, to feed, Jeremiah 2:8; Jeremiah 3:15; Jeremiah 10:21; Jeremiah 12:10; Jeremiah 17:16; Jeremiah 22:22; Jeremiah 23:1-2; ποιμήν, Ephesians 4:11), a shepherd (as elsewhere rendered). Besides this literal sense, the word is' employed figuratively in the Scriptures in somewhat the same way as it is now used to denote a stated minister appointed to watch over and instruct a congregation. (See SHEPHERD).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Pastor'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/pastor.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.