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Material that is an exact, word-for-word match of the alleged source.

Material that is similar, but the word forms are different.

Words that are a match of biblical material as well as of the source.

Material that is represented in Rea's comparison by an ellipsis.

Material dropped from the beginning or end of the paragraph of the alleged source by Rea.

Material clipped from the beginning or end of a sentence in Rea's comparison, without giving the reader any indication of such. (Either a capital letter or a period appears where it should not, hiding the fact that material is missing.)

Faulty capitalization by Rea.

An Analysis of the Literary Dependency of Desire of Ages, chapter 5

contributed by David J. Conklin

Paragraph 12 (analysis of pp. 325, 326 of White Lie)

The bold and italics Rea added have been removed from the Scripture quotation in Desire of Ages in order to bring the format of the quotation back to that of the original text.

Desire of Ages (1898)
Ellen G. White, p. 55
The Life of Christ, (1863)
William Hanna, pp. 35, 36
Scripture

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. In the temple the Son of God was dedicated to the work He had come to do. The priest looked upon Him as he would upon any other child. But though he neither saw nor felt anything unusual, God's act in giving His Son to the world was acknowledged. This occasion did not pass without some recognition of Christ. "There was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ."

How little did that Jewish priest, who took the infant Saviour and held him up before the altar, imagine that a greater than Moses, one greater than the temple, was in his arms! How little did he imagine, as he inscribed the new name Jesus in the roll of the first-born of Israel, that he was signing the death-warrant of the Mosaic economy now waxing old and ready to vanish away; that he was ushering in that better, brighter day, when neither of the temple upon Mount Zion, nor that upon Gerizim, it should be said that

Page 36

there only was the true worship of Jehovah celebrated; but when, taught by this very Jesus to know God as our Father in heaven, unfettered and redeemed humanity17 in every land should worship him who is a Spirit in spirit and in truth. Yet even so it was; Christ's first entrance into the temple, his dedication there unto the Lord, was no such common ceremonial as we might fancy it to be. Simple in form, there lay in it a depth a sublimity of meaning. It was nothing else than the first formal earthly presentation to the Father of the incarnate Son of God, his first formal dedication to that great work given him to do. And was it not meet when the Father and Son were brought visibly together in this relationship, that the presence of the Holy Spirit should be manifested; that by that Spirit Simeon and Anna should be called in, and by that Spirit their lips should be made to speak the infant Saviour's praise; that so within the temple, Father, Son, Holy Spirit might all appear dignifying with their presence our Lord's first entrance into the holy place; his consecration to his earthly mediatorial work?

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lordís Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple . . . . (Luke 2:25-27)

Observations: This paragraph in Hanna consists of 297 words. Of those words, how many were actually borrowed by Ellen White? Perhaps 20 words from this paragraph were used in her paragraph 10, two paragraphs back, a much greater similarity to Hanna than what we see above. But was that considered plagiarism in 1898?

Notes

  1. In Rea's book this word is capitalized. This hinders the reader from discovering that he omitted more than 80% of the sentence.

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