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Shepherds move herds. They help raise animals (which provide milk and wool, especially the sheep). There is nothing in the job description of a shepherd that requires killing animals.


People were vegetarians before the flood; the change is noted in Gen 9. But food isn't the only use for sheep. Hevel probably kept sheep for wool, since after the expulsion from the garden (Gen 3:23) people needed to clothe themselves. (God made clothes for Adam and Chava (3:21), but it doesn't say he continued to do so for everyone else.) Additionally, ...

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