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Seventh-day Adventist Historiography

An Introduction

Gabriel Masfa

This book focuses on the historiography of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a study of the various ways Adventist historians have approached history. The author concentrates on select historians whose publications cover important issues for Seventh-day Adventist history. Such historians are recognized for their contributions, both published and unpublished, that are foundational to Adventist history and historiography. The book analyzes basic historical facts as used in the writing of Seventh-day Adventist history. It is analytical in nature by using documentary sources including relevant books, articles, and other research materials. It departs from using a strict chronological approach and instead focuses on major themes from Adventist history that illustrate Adventist historiography.


Gabriel Masfa has described the various threads of Seventh-day Adventist approaches to history. His book is a masterful treatment of a wide variety of approaches. It is an indispensable introduction to a fascinating historical topic.

                                                                       Edward Allen, President of the Association of Adventist Historians.
                                                                              Professor of Religion, Union College, Nebraska, United States

Dr. Masfa’s monograph is to be welcomed as the first critical historiographical analysis of Adventist Studies and the first substantive history of Seventh-day Adventist historiography.

                                                                    David Trim, Ph.D., F.R. Hist. S. Director of Archives, Statistics, and 
                                                                                      Research General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

This work will remain the benchmark standard for Adventist historiography for some time to come, and for this, the author must be commended.

                                                                    Michael W. Campbell, Ph. D, Professor of Religion at Southwestern 
                                                                                                            Adventist University, Texas, United States

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