Zoar, Western Cape
Zoar (Hebrew, German: " little one" ) is a small town in the municipality Can Aland, District Eden, Western Cape Province in South Africa. The town, with 4,659 inhabitants ( as of 2011) is located 350 kilometers east of Cape Town, 566 meters above sea level, on Route 62 between Ladismith and Calitzdorp.
Zoar was founded in 1817 by PJ Joubert on the farm Elandsfontein for the South African Missionary Society. He managed the mission until 1833. Then the administration was transferred to two missionaries of the Berlin Missionary Society. 1843 Zoar officially went to this entity. 1856 Zoar was returned to the South African Missionary Society. The neighboring village Amalienstein is also a former mission station of the Berlin Missionary Society.
Originally called Zoar, a small town in the southern Jordan Valley. This city is mentioned in the Bible. Lot, Abraham's nephew, took refuge there.
Also in 1817, the settlement in Zoar, Ohio was founded by Württemberg Radical Pietists.