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An Index of Verbatim* Phrases in
The Desire of Ages

(*as per Dr. Veltman's study)

      Typical author's caveat: all errors are, of course, mine. If you find any errors please let me know and I'll fix them.

Color Key
      Material in Ellen G. White that is an exact, word-for-word match to her alleged source.
      Material in Ellen G. White that is similar to her alleged source.
      Material that was clipped from the sentence in Rea's book without telling the reader this had been done.
      Material that was ellipsed from the sentence.


      The fullness of the time had* come., page 34.

As compared with Harris, page 19: "When, in the fullness of time, the eternal Son came forth from the bosom of the Father, he descended to a region of spiritual darkness."    In this particular case I highlighted another line from Harris, page 22: "When the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son."    Note that this quote is from Galatians 4:4 (YLT): "... when the fulness of time did come, God sent forth His Son ..."    Perhaps we need a new category where Ellen G. White is paraphrasing Scripture.


      Again the face of the prophet was lighted up with glory from the Unseen, as he cried, "Behold the Lamb of God!", page 138.

As compared with Jones, page 96: "On the following day, while two of John's disciples were standing near by, Jesus came in sight, and the Baptist's face again took the glow of inspiration, as he cried: "Behold the Lamb of God!""    A paraphrase, at best?

      The words thrilled the hearts of the disciples., page 138.

As compared with Jones, page 96: "The two disciples, how they were thrilled by the words!"

      Philip entered into no controversy., page 140.

As compared with Melvill, page 81: "He entered on no controversy, he attempted no discussion; he felt that the means which had been effectual with himself were most likely to be effectual with Nathanael; ..."

      If you believe on Me as such, your faith shall be quickened., page 142.

As compared with Hanna, page 108: "Believe what that sign was meant to confirm; believe in me as the Lamb of God, the Saviour of the world, the baptizer with the Holy Ghost, and your eye of faith shall be quickened, and you shall see those heavens standing continually open above my head--opened by me for you; and the angels of God--all beings and things that carry on the blessed ministry of reconciliation between heaven and earth, between the souls of the believers below and the heavenly Father above--going up and bringing blessings innumerable down, ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

      I have opened them to you., page 142.

See above.    At best, this is a paraphrase.


      They hurried Him to the brow of a precipice, intending to cast Him down headlong., page 240.

As compared with March, page 36: "With one consent, and with deafening cries, they break up the assembly; they surround Him; they lay hands upon Him, every one eager to bear a part in destroying Him; they hurry Him forth to the brow of a precipice, near the synagogue, that they might cast Him down headlong."


      Where He had passed, the objects of His compassion were rejoicing in health, and making trial of their new-found powers., page 350.

As compared with Harris, page 251: "Where he had passed, the restored might be seen making trial of their new-found powers; listeners formed into groups, to hear the tale of healing; and the delighted objects of his compassion rehearsing with earnestness what had passed, imitating his tones, and event trying to convey an idea of his condescending ways."

      His voice was the first sound that many had ever heard, His name the first word they had ever spoken, His face the first they had ever looked upon., page 350.

"From: Harris, page 251: "His voice was the first sound which many of them heard; his name the first word they had pronounced; his blessed form the first sight they had ever beheld."

      As He passed through the towns and cities He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy wherever He went., page 350.

As compared with Harris, page 251: "He went through the land like a current of vital air, and element of life, diffusing health and joy wherever he appeared."

      And more than angels are in the ranks., page 352.

As compared with Harris, page 308: "Now while our Lord, in various way, takes cognizance of this struggle,-- for one of his great excellances, as the founder of a new religion, was the most transparent simplicity and candor,-- while he ever enlarges the conflict, presents his followers with a plan of the battle, points out its imminent hazards, and exhorts them, before entering on it, to "count the cost," he at the same time assures them of such supernatural succors as shall enable their weakness to do the deeds of Omnipotence, he reminds them that they struggle for an invisible world, that they fight in the fellowship with all the children of light, that more than angels are in their ranks for he promises them the abundant aid of the Eternal Spirit."


      We are not to plunge into difficulties, neglecting the means God has provided, and misusing the faculties He has given us., page 369.

As compared with Wayland, page 246: "When we plunge ourselves into difficulty, by a neglect of the means or by a misuse of the faculties which God has bestowed on us, it is to be expected that he will leave us to our own devices."


      The Saviour and His disciples have spent the day in traveling and teaching, and this mountain climb adds to their weariness., page 419.

As compared with March, page 95: "He has spent the day in travel and in teaching, and this mountain-climb at night adds a heavy weight to the weariness that demanded rest before the evening came."

      The disciples do not venture to ask Christ whither He is going, or for what purpose., page 419.

As compared with March, page 95: "They do not ask Him whither he is going."


      Christ was to be tried formally before the Sanhedrin; but before Annas He was subjected to a preliminary trial., page 698.

As compared with Hanna, page 663: "It was in this hall, and before Annas, that Jesus was subjected to that preliminary informal examination recorded in the eighteenth chapter of the gospel of St. John, ver. 19-24. He was to be formally tried, with show at least of law, before the Sanhedrin, the highest of the Jewish courts; but this could not be done at once."

      Their own rules declared that every man should be treated as innocent until proved guilty., page 699.

As compared with Farrar, page 615: "But He would not repeat it, in spite of their insistence, because He knew that it was open to their wilful misinterpretation, and because they were evidently acting in flagrant violation of their own express rules and traditions, which demanded that every arraigned criminal should be regarded and treated as innocent until his guilt was actually proved."

      And He suffered in proportion to the perfection of the perfection of His holiness and His hatred of sin., page 702.

As compared with Harris, page 248-9: "It was by no means an indifferent act to him: "he suffered, being tempted,"--suffered in proportion to the perfection of his holiness, and the depth of his aversion to sin, but through his residence in an atmosphere of sin was revolting to his purity, though the presence of depravity made his continuance here a perpetual sacrifice, his love induced him to submit--induced him so intimately to associate with the ungodly, that one of his characteristic names became "the friend of publicans and sinners.""

      Of all the throng He alone was calm and serene., page 704.    Note that EGW didn't have the alleged source in her library!

As compared with Ingraham, page 360: "He alone, of all that countless host, He alone was calm--serene--fearless!"

      Caiaphas was desperate., page 706.

As compared with Kitto, page 408: "On this Caiaphas became desperate, and adopted a resource which our own rules of evidence would declare most infamous, and which was also wholly adverse to the first principles of Mosaic jurisprudence and the like of which occurs in no circumstance of Hebrew history."    Maybe, at best, this should be considered to be a paraphrase.

      There was a time to be silent, and a time to speak., page 706.

As compared with Hall, page 575: "There is a time to speak, and a time to keep silence."

* In Dr. Veltman's study he says that he found three verbatim sentences, but I found four in the study itself.

      During the journey the sun had gone down, and before the travelers reached their place of rest, the laborers in the fields had left their work., page 800.

As compared with March, page 417-8: "The sun has gone down behind the gray hill-tops, and the shadows of evening have begun to deepen in the narrow valleys, and the laborers have left the terraced orchards and vineyards on the hill-sides, before the two travellers reach their journey's end, and beg the kindly stranger to go in and abide with them for the night.

      Christ never forces His company upon anyone., page 800.

As compared with March, page 418: "He never forces himself upon any."

      Now He puts forth His hands to bless the food., page 800.

As compared with March, page 418-9: "When bread, the simple fare of the poor, was set before them, he put forth his hands to bless it."

      The disciples start back in astonishment., page 800.

As compared with March, page 419: "But what now so suddenly startles the wondering disciples?"    Perhaps this should be re-classified as a paraphrase?

** In Dr. Veltman's study he says that he found 5 verbatim sentences, but only these four appear in the study itself.

      Every eye is fastened upon the stranger., page 802.

As compared with March, page 271: "Every eye is fixed upon the Stranger."    I would suggest that this should be re-classified as "strictly verbatim".

      No footstep has been heard., page 803.

As compared with March, page 271: "No sound of entering footsteps has been heard."

      The Holy Spirit was not yet fully manifested; for Christ had not yet been glorified., page 805.

As compared with Hanna, page 806: "The Holy Ghost has not yet in his fulness given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified."

      The doubting disciple knew that none of his companions had seen Jesus for a week., page 807.

As compared with Hanna, page 817: "Thomas knew that for seven days none of the disciples had seen the Lord; none of them could have reported to Him the words that he had used."    This sentence should probably be re-classified as a a paraphrase.

© David J. Conklin (January 30 - February 5, 2006)