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Egede, Hans
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(Jan 21, 1686 Harstad, Norway – Nov 5, 1758 Stubbekøbing, Denmark), “The Apostle of Greenland.” From 1707 to 1717 Egede was a Lutheran pastor in Lofoten, Norway. He was a pioneer missionary to Greenland in 1722. Egede's wife, Gertrud Rask, was a remarkable missionary in her own right. After many difficulties, their unselfish service during a smallpox epidemic in 1733 opened Inuit hearts. Egede started Seminarium Groenlandicum in Copenhagen in 1736 and in 1740 he was appointed bishop of Greenland. Their son, Poul, continued to work among the…

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Haanes, Vidar L., “Egede, Hans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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