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herdsman


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Herdman  \Herd"man\,  Herdsman  \Herds"man\,  n.;  pl  {-men}. 
  The  owner  or  keeper  of  a  herd  or  of  herds;  one  employed  in 
  tending  a  herd  of  cattle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  herdsman 
  n  :  someone  who  drives  a  herd  [syn:  {herder},  {drover}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Herdsman 
  In  Egypt  herdsmen  were  probably  of  the  lowest  caste.  Some  of 
  Joseph's  brethren  were  made  rulers  over  Pharaoh's  cattle  (Gen. 
  47:6,  17).  The  Israelites  were  known  in  Egypt  as  "keepers  of 
  cattle;"  and  when  they  left  it  they  took  their  flocks  and  herds 
  with  them  (Ex.  12:38).  Both  David  and  Saul  came  from  "following 
  the  herd"  to  occupy  the  throne  (1  Sam.  9;  11:5;  Ps  78:70). 
  David's  herd-masters  were  among  his  chief  officers  of  state.  The 
  daughters  also  of  wealthy  chiefs  were  wont  to  tend  the  flocks  of 
  the  family  (Gen.  29:9;  Ex  2:16).  The  "chief  of  the  herdsmen" 
  was  in  the  time  of  the  monarchy  an  officer  of  high  rank  (1  Sam. 
  21:7;  comp.  1  Chr.  27:29).  The  herdsmen  lived  in  tents  (Isa. 
  38:12;  Jer.  6:3);  and  there  were  folds  for  the  cattle  (Num. 
  32:16),  and  watch-towers  for  the  herdsmen,  that  he  might 
  therefrom  observe  any  coming  danger  (Micah  4:8;  Nah.  3:8). 
 




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