[B-Greek] AGELH herd.

Oun Kwon kwonbbl at gmail.com
Sun Nov 16 17:52:50 EST 2008

Copying from BDAG p. 9 for *AGELH*

(Hom. et al.) *herd* of swine (Hes. Scutum 168; Eudoxus Rhod. [II BC] an
Aelian, NA 10; 16) *Mt 8:30-32; Mk 5:11, 13; Lk 8:32f*. – DELG. M-M

I was told 'swine are not herd animal, nor do they graze (on a hillside)'.

Here is a copy of relevant portions from OED under 'herd':

1. a. A company of domestic animals of one kind, kept together under the
charge of one or more persons. (The notion of a keeper is now little
present, and the sense is scarcely distinct from 2.)
  b. As contrasted with flock (see flock n.1 3), esp. in the phrase herds
and flocks, herd is restricted to cattle or bovine domestic animals.
2. a. A company of animals of any kind, feeding or traveling in company; a
school (of whales, porpoises, etc.).
3. a. A large company of people; a multitude, host. Now always in a
disparaging sense: cf. b.
  b. the herd: the multitude, the common people, the rabble. Often qualified
by common, vulgar, etc.
  c. Of things: A great number, a mass.

Two questions I have:

What sense (of the gloss 'herd') do the references cited in BDAG support?
Can I take it as 'bunch of swine' rather than 'herd of swine' to avoid a
wrong image from the text there as if swines were let graze on pasture like

Thank you,

Oun Kwon.

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