David is known as a shepherd in the Bible. We are informed that he made regular trips back and forth from the Elah Valley where his older brothers were engaged in a battle with the Philistines to Bethlehem to feed his father’s sheep (1 Samuel 17). Later, the LORD called David to shepherd His people. It is a fact that shepherds were and are honored people in the villages of the Bible world.
Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh.
2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.'”
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”– thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. (2 Samuel 5:1-7 ESV)
Traveling in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and other countries of the Bible world we see numerous examples that illustrate the Bible teaching and examples.
The photo below has been scanned from a slide made in 1982 in the Wadi Farah (or Faria) near the Biblical site of Tirza (now known as Tel Farah North).