Item description for The Thousand Generation Covenant: Dutch Reformed Convent Theology and Group Identity in Colonial South Africa, 1652-1814 (Studies in the History of) by Jonathan Neil Gerstner...
This study presents the religious factor in the development of a separatistic group identity among the forebears of the Afrikaners during the Dutch colonial period of South African history. Dutch Reformed covenant theology and baptism practice rooted in the thousand generation covenant theory helped to shape this self-understanding. It traces the basic developments of covenant theology in the Netherlands during the period and demonstrates how these concepts were conveyed to colonial South Africa. The dominant strain of covenantal thought treated the entire community as redeemed and called to be separate. It was presented through a variety of means through which virtually every colonist was exposed. This study offers a balanced historical approach to the role of theological concepts in the colonial roots of Afrikaner group identity. It answers traditional scholarship in the field which either directly identify the concepts behind the development of apartheid with Calvinist theology or, more recently, deny that the Reformed faith had any role in the development of apartheid ideology until the twentieth century.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 7" Height: 1" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1991
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004093613 ISBN13 9789004093614