herdsman=pastor?

serbestnazim

Member
Turkish
Hello all,

Does "herdsman" ever mean "pastor" (in the sense of "a minister in charge of a Christian church") in English?

If not, does it at least have any religious connotation? I know that "shepherd" is a metaphor for God, and "flock" for human beings, but what about "herdsman"?

Thanks in advance
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "Herdsman" is more often used for cattle than for sheep. "Shepherd" can refer metaphorically to Christ, or to a Christian clergyman.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Pastor is recorded in the mid- to late 1370s to mean both "someone who has responsibility for the spiritual care of others" and "a shepherd or herdsman." i.e. someone who tends sheep and cattle when they are out to pasture -> feeding in fields. (from OED)

    It is now only rarely used in the latter sense.
     
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