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1. Hans Povelsön (Povelsen; Poulsen; Paulsen; Pavelsen; 1686–1758). “Apostle of Greenland; Apostle of the Eskimos.” B. Trondenes, near Harstad, on E Hinnöy of the Vesteraalen group of islands, N Norw.; d. Stubbeköbing, on Falster Is., Den.; educ. Copenhagen; Luth. pastor Vaagen, on one of the Lofoten Is.; to Greenland 1721, intending to evangelize descendants of early Norse settlers; found only Eskimos; miss. Greenland till 1736; tr. SC; assisted by Albert Topp 1723, and soon thereafter by others, including his own sons Paul and Niels and a native worker; to Copenhagen 1736, to head a Greenland miss. training sem.; supt. (or bp.) Greenland 1740; to Stubbeköbing 1747; buried Copenhagen.

2. Paul (1708–89). Son of Hans; succeeded his father in the Greenland miss. and as dir. of the sem.; completed the Innuit (Eskimo) version of the NT

L. T. A. Bobé Hans Egede: Colonizer and Missionary of Greenland (Copenhagen, 1952); E. N. Rolfsrud, White Angakok: Hans Egede and the Greenlanders (Rock Island, Illinois, 1952).

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