A new encyclopedia on the life and writings of Seventh-day Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White has been released by the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Touted by Adventist historians as the most important reference work produced by the Church in half a century, the volume has been more than a decade in the making. A total of 1,300 articles provide descriptions 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. Editors Denis Fortin and Jerry Moon feel 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.
“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,” said Adventist author and historian George Knight. He points out that every article in this new volume has been reviewed by experts with differing perspectives, giving it a balanced view of Ellen White’s counsel.
Kim Peckham writes for Review and Herald Publishing Association.