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Words that are exactly the same in both Ellen White's book and the alleged source.

Words that are similar, not exactly the same.

Words that are the same or similar, but which appear to be copied from the Bible.

The actual comparisons found in Cleveland's book

Inadequate use of ellipses, and changed capitalization or wording.

Borrowing from Conybeare and Howson: An Analysis

Distortion #2 Revisited: Missing Statistics

We need to at some point supply the statistics missing from Sydney Cleveland's comparisons. And since on this page we have 1.4% of Ellen White's book comprised of 1.0% of Conybeare and Howson's book, this seems to be as good a place as any to give those statistics.

By our reckoning the selections from Conybeare and Howson total 3409 words, and the selections from Ellen White total 1874 words. Of these, 97 are the same or similar, but do not come from Bible texts. Thus, 2.8% of Conybeare and Howson's words comprise 5.2% of Ellen White's book.

The lowest percentages occur on this page. The highest percentages were found on page 4, a whopping 5.0% (20 words out of 402) and 13.1% (20 words out of 153) respectively.

Sketches from the Life of Paul
Ellen G. White, p. 61
Life and Epistles of Paul
Conybeare & Howson, pp. 173, 174
Scripture
"The disciples stood around ..."—p. 61. "... the disciples stood about ..."—p. 173.  
"... suddenly lifted his head, ... resurrection."—p. 61. "... sudden resurrection."—p. 173.
2 out of 144 words are the same or similar, but not found in the Bible account. 2 out of about 198 words are the same or similar, but not found in the Bible account.

The disciples stood around the body of Paul, lamenting over him whom they supposed to be dead, when he suddenly lifted his head, and arose to his feet with the praise of God upon his lips. To the disciples this seemed like a resurrection from the dead, a miracle of God to preserve the life of his faithful servant. They rejoiced with inexpressible gladness over his restoration, and praised God with renewed faith in the doctrine preached by the apostles.

These disciples had been newly converted to the faith, through the teachings of Paul, and had stood steadfast notwithstanding the misrepresentation and malignant persecution of the Jews. In fact, the unreasoning opposition of those wicked men had only confirmed these devoted brethren in the faith of Christ; and the restoration of Paul to life seemed to set the signet of God upon their belief.

On the present occasion these last words were literally realised, for by the power and goodness of God he rose from a state of apparent death as if by a sudden resurrection.7 Though "persecuted," he was not "forsaken,"—though "cast down" he was "not destroyed." "As the disciples [p. 174] stood about him, he rose up, and came into the city."1 We see from this expression that his labours in Lystra had not been in vain. He had found some willing listeners to the truth, some "disciples" who did not hesitate to show their attachment to their teacher by remaining near his body, which the rest of their fellow-citizens had wounded and cast out. These courageous disciples were left for the present in the midst of the enemies of the truth. Jesus Christ had said,2 "when they persecute you in one city, flee to another," and the very "next day"3 Paul "departed with Barnabas to Derbe."


7 The natural inference from the narrative is, that the recovery was miraculous; and it is evident that such a recovery must have produced a strong effect on the minds of the Christians who witnessed it.

1 Acts xiv. 20.

2 Matt. x. 23.

3 Acts xiv. 20.

Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. (Acts 14:20)


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