Breakthrough Reference Work on Ellen White Introduced
“This is the most important reference work produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in half a century,” says author and historian George Knight referring to the new Ellen G. White Encyclopedia published this year by the Review and Herald.
Editors Denis Fortin and Jerry Moon worked with 180 writers for more than a decade to compile a single resource on the Spirit of Prophecy. A total of 1,300 articles provide a description of the places Ellen White lived, the people she knew, and her position on hundreds of subjects.
Topics include everything from sanctification to sports and politics. Moon feels that two of the most talked about entries will be one on women in ministry and another on marriage and divorce. Articles cover such events as the San Francisco earthquake, and such places as the Whites’ vacation retreat in the Rocky Mountains. The volume includes rarely-seen photos and extended articles on several subjects including one on Ellen White and the progress of scientific knowledge.
Short biographies describe significant people in her life such as “Fannie” Bolton, the literary assistant who was fired a surprising number of times, and Moses Hull, the evangelist who lost a debate with a spiritualist in more ways than one.
Knight points out that every article has been reviewed by experts with differing perspectives. “Thus you get the bias out, and you get a balanced view of Ellen White’s counsel,” he says. “Ellen White has been the most influential person in Adventist history, and yet there is a lot of misinformation about what she wrote and why she wrote it.” No doubt the misinformation will continue, but now it will be balanced by an authoritative reference work.
See a video of George Knight talking about the new Ellen G. White Encyclopedia: