Dropsie College Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-15-1975

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Solomon Zeitlin

Second Advisor

Theodor H. Gaster

Third Advisor

Leon Nemoy


The average man sees religion on his own personal, philosophical, or existential level. Relative to this study, even the modern man is often thrown back in his thoughts and speech to ancient idioms and ideas which best illustrate his own circumstance — the shepherd symbol is just such a vehicle which provides the background for the social religious needs of many people. The characteristics of sheep obviously provide a specturm of consideration for similar characteristics in mankind. Therefore, the figure could enjoy a wide application to which we are witnesses in the great amount of literature which makes use of the image.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Room Manuscript. BS680.P35 V363 1975.

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