English: Both before and after the end of the nineteenth century the Great Trek of the 1830s
and 1840s was a recurrent theme in historical fiction. Not only in many of the novels
written in Dutch and Afrikaans, but also in some which appeared in English, the bravery
of the Voortrekkers was a pivotal theme. Often merged with this heroic motif was
an identification of the Voortrekkers with the Israelites of the Old Testament. This thematic
dualism reached its zenith in De Voortrekkers of Het Dagboek van Izak van der
Merwe, whose authors, John Daniel Kestell en Nico Hofmeyr, both of whom were
Dutch Reformed ministers, constructed the Great Trek as a post-figurative Exodus.