Genesis 29:9 Jacob was still talking with them when Rachel arrived with her father's flock, for she was a shepherd. (NLT)
I was a bit curious to see if there were any other women considered shepherds, in the Bible. And there were! One other translation actually uses the term shepherdess, "While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess." (ESV)
My old King James study Bible, however, uses neither of these terms and simply says, "And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them."
When looking up the term "kept" in the Strong's concordance, you'll find words such as: to pasture, tend, graze, feed
of ruler, teacher (fig)
of people as flock (fig)
shepherd, herdsman, shepherdess
The KJV of the Scripture also led me to Exodus 2:16. Here there were also daughters tending to their father's flocks, one of those flocks Moses ended up shepherding, just before the Lord called him to lead His people out of Egypt.
This study is going to dig much deeper into what being a shepherd means in our own lives. Tending the flocks our Father has entrusted us, feeding, giving drink, protecting, making well and defending spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I look forward to growing with you!
Have a blessed Monday :)