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Pastor
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The term “pastor” is taken directly from Lat. pastor, “shepherd” (Gk. poimēn). In both the OT and NT, God is frequently described as a shepherd (“The Lord is my shepherd” [Ps. 23:1]; “For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls” [1 Pet. 2:25]). Similarly, the benediction in the Epistle to the Hebrews refers to “our Lord Jesus” as “the great shepherd of the sheep” (13:20). The Palestinian shepherd—and metaphorically, God and Christ—was responsible for…

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Hjelm, Norman A., “Pastor”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.37>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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