This year is certainly going to set a record with a series of new Ellen G. White resources that have become or soon will be available. This past month, after 13 years, The Ellen White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013) is now available. As noted earlier this piece of research highlights the contributions of 180 Seventh-day Adventist scholars about the life and teachings of Ellen G. White’s life and ministry.
Another volume of essays titled Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet (Oxford University Press, 2014) is due out this coming March. Edited by Terrie Aamodt, Gary Land, and Ronald L. Numbers, it is the product of a conference in Portland, Maine. These essays place Ellen White within her broader social and historical context, and some (at least in the earlier drafts of the manuscript that I reviewed) are even quite critical of Ellen G. White. Yet it marks an important step to try to describe her life on an academic level by both Adventists, former Adventists, and by more neutral observers from outside Adventism (who are perhaps the most kind in their treatment of Ellen White). [Read more…] about New Pathways for Ellen White Studies