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03/05/14 11:27 am Age: 1 year

New Book Presents A Historical View of Ellen White


By: Rosa Jimenez

Landmark Book Published by Oxford University Press

The Adventist prophet was a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A book with a historical perspective of Seventh-day Adventist prophet Ellen White will be released in May by Oxford University Press. The book is the first scholarly treatment of White’s life, career, and cultural context.

“Scholars have identified Ellen White as one of the most prominent women in American religious history,” says co-editor Terrie Dopp Aamodt, “yet she is one of the least studied and understood. Aamodt is a professor of English and history at Walla Walla University.

The book is comprised of 18 chapters written by different authors, each focusing on one aspect of Ellen White’s life, including her role as a prophet, author, speaker, and topics such as race, society, gender and science. The 336-page book also includes 31 photographs and illustrations.

The book is currently available for pre-order online at

Aamodt’s role as an editor for the book was also shared by two other historians. Gary Land is emeritus professor of history at Andrews University.  Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The book had its origins at meetings of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians. Informal conversations among several historians led to an academic conference that launched the book manuscript.

Copies of the book will be available at a Friday, April 25 seminar presentation by Aamodt titled “Ellen White and the Public.” The presentation will be held at 3 p.m. at WWU as part of Alumni Homecoming Weekend events.  Location is yet to be determined.

Aamodt is also scheduled make a presentation about the book on Sabbath, May 10, for Walla Walla Adventist Forum.  The event is at 4 p.m. in the lecture hall (Room 154) of the Chan Shun Pavilion.

Published March 5, 2014.

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