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Would Jewish shepherds have used LGDs 2000 years ago?

Yeah, they would've kept simple LGDs. Not very large or richly coated. They'd also have lighter, erect-eared, almost pariah-like herders.
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    • Someone at my church asked me if there woulda been dogs with the shepherds 2000 years ago -- around the time Jesus came to be. She asks because our church does plays .. and they're considering adding animals. So .. were there LGDs 2000 years ago ... AND .. were they in that region .. AND .. possibly even more important .. would the Jewish people of that time used them? (Or, were there dogs, but they used herders? From what I know about the shepherds of that time/area ... I wouldn't think so .. but .. you never know.) Anyone know? Links with history would be helpful too.
      • Yeah, they would've kept simple LGDs. Not very large or richly coated. They'd also have lighter, erect-eared, almost pariah-like herders.
        • "Moses, skilled in all the learning of Egypt, writing more than 2000 years B. C., mentions the watchdogs of the Egyptians, stating (Exodus xi. 7.) "not a dog should move his tongue against man or beast of the children of Israel," neither the wolf nor jackal bark, therefore this is manifest reference to the domestic dog, and Job xxx, c. i, v. mentions "the dogs of his flock," proving at what an early date the shepherd made use of the animal." M. B. Winn, History of the Mastiff; pg. 6-7 On history of the dog in relationship to the wolf. cheers,
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