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Good Shepherd
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I. Ancient Near East and Ancient Art – II. Christian Art

I. Ancient Near East and Ancient Art

Shepherds and their flocks were variously depicted in ancient cultures from the 3rd millennium bce, but there was no real “good shepherd” typos. Pre-imperial images of men with a sheep or ram around their shoulders or an animal on their arms are usually to be interpreted as carrying a sacrificial animal (exception, see below). In the Egyptian tombs of the Old…

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Schroer, Silvia and Thümmel, Hans Georg, “Good Shepherd”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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