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Manuscript Releases, vol. 15 [Nos. 1136-1185], Page 65

MR No. 1148—Ellen G. White and the Apocrypha

[A statement prepared by Arthur L. White in 1969 and now requested for classroom use by Ron Jolliff, religion teacher at Southwestern Adventist College. The paragraph from Manuscript 4, 1850, has not heretofore been released.—R. W. Olson.]

While Ellen G. White is not known to have quoted from the Apocrypha there is some documentation of the early years which may be of interest in connection with a study of her relationship to it. James White, in his pamphlet, A Word to the Little Flock, in his first article entitled “The Seven Last Plagues” includes two references to the Apocrypha.

Page 2: “The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down, for the corn is withered.”—See Joel 1:15-18; Jeremiah 30:23, 24; Daniel 12:1; Habakkuk 3:12, 13; Zephaniah 1:17, 18; 2:10-13.

Page 3: “I will bring them (the saints) with a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, and smite Egypt with plagues as before,” etc.—2 Esdras 15:11.

As he furnished scripture references to two Ellen G. White visions, incorporated in A Word to the Little Flock, he also incorporated some references to the Apocrypha. His explanation which precedes the publication of the first vision states:

“The following vision was published in the Day Star, more than a year ago. By the request of friends, it is re-published in this little work, with scripture references, for the benefit of the little flock.”—A Word to the Little Flock, 13.

At the bottom of pages 15 and 17 there are references keyed to the E. G. White text, one reference to 2 Esdras 2:43, (p. 15) and the other to 2 Esdras 2:19, (p. 17).

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