Date of Award

1989

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

Theological Seminary

Program

Religion, MA: New Testament

First Advisor

S. Douglas Waterhouse

Abstract

Problem In Seventh-day Adventism Ellen G. White is a key figure. Debate exists over whether she did serious biblical exegesis, engaged in proof-text eisegesis, or did only thematic homiletics. Method Selections of White's writings were approached using Dr. Douglas Waterhouse's biblical hermeneutic in which ritual, nature, and cosmos are three levels of meaning revealed in sound biblical exegesis. From the various aspects of nature, light was selected. Life Sketches and Earlv Writings were the source of autobiographical data. The parable of the Ten Virgins as interpreted in Christ's Object Lessons was the case study. Results White does homiletics which are faithful to the canons of responsible biblical exegesis. Waterhouse's hermeneutic assisted in the understanding of White's exegesis of the Ten Virgins, providing explanations of connections between believer, heavenly sanctuary, Holy Spirit, and the two anointed ones.

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