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Danish Missions

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Author(s): Haanes, Vidar L.
[German Version] I. State Mission – II. Missionary Societies – III. Missionary Council I. State Mission B. Ziegenbalg and H. Plütschau were sent in 1705, during the reign of King Frederick IV, to the Danish colony Tranquebar (Danish-Halle Mission). To support the mission and train missionaries the king founded the Collegium de cursu Evangelii promovendo in 1714. In 1716 the Norwegian minister Thomas v. Westen (1682–1727) started work among the Lapps and in 1721 H. Egede set out for Greenland. Toward the end of the 18th century the Danish mission suffered a recession. II. Missionary S…

Egede, Hans

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Author(s): Haanes, Vidar L.
[German Version] (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…

Dahle, Lars Nilsen

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Author(s): Haanes, Vidar L.
[German Version] (Dec 7, 1843, Grytten, Norway – Feb 20, 1925, Stavanger), missionary to Madagascar 1870–1987, and general secretary of the Norwegian Missionary Society (Norwegian Missions) 1889–1920. He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1889. Dahle participated in the 1910 World Missions Conference in Edinburgh and was a member of the Continuation Committee. In 1887 he revised the Malagasy Bible. Vidar L. Haanes Bibliography Works include: Books and articles on Malagasy folklore, language, and geography, e.g. Specimens of Malagasy Folklore, 1877. Num…