1. KJV translation of Hebrew term for shepherd in
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;
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,John 10:15), 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.
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