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Tropologiese Hoogliedmetafore en vroulike mistieke piëtisme in Suid-Afrikaanse pioniergemeenskappe, 1760–1860

Andries W.G. Raath
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 3 | a3355 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i3.3355 | © 2016 Andries W.G. Raath | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 February 2016 | Published: 31 August 2016

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Andries W.G. Raath, Department of History, University of the Free State, South Africa


The ego-focus of pioneer women on the South African frontier, 1760–1860, reflects distinct traits of mystical spirituality. The pioneer spirituality of women on the borders increasinglycame to expression in ego-texts with experiential inclinations. The leaning towards Jesuscentredmystical spirituality developed parallel to pietistic tendencies in Holland and Germany,and allegorical and tropological applications of the bridal metaphors in the Song of Songsformed a distinct element of female pietism on the frontier. Women believers in the interiorfavoured tropological applications of bridal metaphors in the Song of Songs. The popularity ofsuch tropological applications can firstly be attributed to the physical conditions under whichpioneer women found themselves. Secondly, the availability of German pietistic workscontributed towards the religious culture of mystical and individualistic readings of bridalmetaphors in the Song of Songs. Tropological readings of the Song of Songs’ bridal metaphorsare traced to the theology of Bernard of Clairvaux particularly and other pre-reformationalmystical sources.


Christelike mistiek; Johann Meister Eckhart; Johann Tauler; Hooglied-metafore


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