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

contributed by David J. Conklin

Paragraphs 15 through 17 (analysis of pp. 326, 327 of White Lie)

Desire of Ages (1898)
Ellen G. White, pp. 55, 56
The Life of Christ, (1863)
William Hanna, p. 39

Anna also, a prophetess, came in and confirmed Simeon's testimony concerning Christ. As Simeon spoke, her face lighted up with the glory of God, and she poured out her heartfelt thanks that she had been permitted to behold Christ the Lord.20

These humble worshipers had not studied the prophecies in vain. But those who held positions as rulers and priests in Israel, though they too had before them the precious utterances of prophecy, were not walking in the way of the Lord, and their eyes were not open to behold the Light of life.

page 56

So it is still. Events upon which the attention of all heaven is centered are undiscerned, their very occurrence is unnoticed, by religious leaders, and worshipers in the house of God. Men acknowledge Christ in history, while they turn away from the living Christ. Christ in His word calling to self-sacrifice, in the poor and suffering who plead for relief, in the righteous cause that involves poverty and toil and reproach, is no more readily received today than He was eighteen hundred years ago.

Simeon's prophetic portraiture of the intention and effect of the advent of the Redeemer had scarcely been completed when another testimony was added, that of the aged Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, who, like her venerable compeer, appears but once in the sacred page, and then is hidden for ever from our eyes. It is not said that any special impulse drew her to the temple. It was her daily haunt. Instantly serving God day and night, her life was one of fastings and prayers. When it was also made known to her that the infant whom she met in the temple was no other than the Christ of God, her song of praise was added to that of Simeon, but the words of it are lost. It would, we may be assured, be a suitable accompaniment. a fit response to his. He, as may be believed, retired from the temple to close his eyes in peace; but she was moved to go about and speak of the Lord20 whom she had found to all that looked for redemption in Jerusalem—the first preacher of the gospel, the first female evangelist in the holy city.

And Simeon blessed them . . . . And there was one Anna, a prophetess . . . . And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36-38)

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

Observations: Oops. It looks like there were some big blunders here. There is way too much careless clipping.


  1. Ellen White's sentence ends with the word "Lord." Rea makes Hanna's sentence appear to as well, when in reality it is only half over at that point. It appears that Ellen White borrowed her phrasing from Luke 2, while Hanna did not.

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