SHEEPSHEARERS Persons who cut wool from the sheep. Evidently, these are not professionals but the owners of the sheep (Genesis 31:19) or persons working for the owner (Genesis 38:12). The Hebrew does not distinguish between “sheepshearers” and “sheepshearing,” so that both translations are possible in several passages. The time of shearing sheep was a festive time of parties and inviting friends (1 Samuel 25:1; 2 Samuel 13:1). The word for shearing sheep was also used for cutting human hair (Jeremiah 7:29; Micah 1:16).
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