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Die ontstaan en die doel van die Voortrekkers se gelofte in 1838

D. V.R. van den Berg, S. J. Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 50, No 4 | a2597 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v50i4.2597 | © 1994 D. V.R. van den Berg, S. J. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 1994 | Published: 14 January 1994

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D. V.R. van den Berg, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
S. J. Botha, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The origin and the purpose of the vow made by the Vootrekkers in 1838
The vow made by the Voortrekkers in 1838, and its continued celebration by the descendants of the Voortrekkers - and Afrikaners in general - is often the subject of severe criticism from theologians, historians and politicians alike. By investigating the circumstances (historical and theological) leading to the taking of this solemn oath, an attempt is made to demonstrate that the vow was undertaken in good faith by simple believers, stating their dependence on God, and bringing praise to Him. Since it was their intention to include their descendants in the honouring of this vow, the modem Afrikaner should also take pleasure in praising God in this way.

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