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Vrouwenpastoraat: Een paradigma-verandering

Yolanda Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 3 | a589 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i3.589 | © 2002 Yolanda Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2002 | Published: 22 October 2002

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Yolanda Dreyer, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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