The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White
My evening devotional project has consisted of reading Ellen G. White’s Conflict of the Ages series, since I have not read them all the way through, and they are considered landmark texts in the Adventist faith. The Acts of the Apostles is the fourth in the series and is one of the least cited or quoted from the series. I was personally interested to see what insights I could gain into the apostolic quests and whether or not this book lived up to the hype.
It was surprising to see that the book centered hugely on Paul and didn’t offer up any insights into the rest of the apostles’ work. White focuses on the biblical Book of Acts, particularly Paul’s travels around the Mediterranean. Here, she looks at the nature of discipleship after the return of Jesus to heaven after his resurrection and the work in developing the early Christian Church. As stated, the majority of the book deals with Paul, though John the Beloved gets an honorable mention for writing the Book of Revelation.
Out of the four books I’ve read so far, this one didn’t offer up as many insights as I expected to see from something that was hyped within my faith community. White is a rather ornamental author and could have used some help from an editor in tightening her prose and developing exegesis that would explain the Bible in clear ways that helped readers understand the textual, cultural, and historical components that created confusion or certain interpretations. Ah, well. I think I expected something that was not there all along.