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George R. Knight

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George Raymond Knight (born 1941) is a Seventh-day Adventist historian and educator. He is emeritus professor of church history at Andrews University.


Knight joined the Adventist church through the ministry of Ralph Larson.[1] He completed a BA at Pacific Union College, an MA and MDiv from Andrews University, and in 1976 an EdD from the University of Houston.

Knight originally taught in the School of Education. He had a number of doctoral students who did biographical studies of early Adventist educators. He gradually developed an interest in Adventist history that led to his transition to the Church History department in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. His 1985 book, Myths in Adventism, put him on the map in Adventist circles and he began to rise to prominence in the church. During the 1990s Knight became particularly well known for his fresh insight and popularization of Seventh-day Adventist history. By the year 2000 he was the best-selling Adventist author in the denomination with a steady stream of doctoral students and graduate assistants who helped him do research for his books. He was also featured as one of the keynote speakers at the 2000 Seventh-day Adventist General Conference Session held in Toronto, Canada. In 2005 he announced his plans for retirement that occurred during the summer of 2006. He has already begun work on the first volumes of a devotional commentary of the entire Bible.

Books published

  • 2010. William Miller and the Rise of Adventism.
  • 2009. Sin and Salvation: God's Work for Us and In Us.
  • 2009. Exploring the Letters of John and Jude.
  • 2008. Lest We Forget.
  • 2008. The Apocalyptic Vision and the Neutering of Adventism.
  • 2007. If I Were the Devil: Seeing Through the Enemy's Smoke Screen[2]
  • 2006. Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective.
  • 2004. Exploring Galatians and Ephesians: A Devotional Commentary[3]
  • 2004. Exploring Mark: A Devotional Commentary[4]
  • 2004. Joseph Bates: The Real Founder of the Seventh-day Adventism[5]
  • 2003. Exploring Hebrews: A Devotional Commentary[6]
  • 2003. Anticipating the Advent.
  • 2002. Walking with Paul through the Book of Romans.
  • 2001. Organizing to beat the devil: The development of Adventist Church structure[7]
  • 2000. A search for identity: The development of Seventh-day Adventist beliefs;What is Adventist in Adventism? Adventist Review online exclusive, 14 June 2001
  • 1999. A Brief History of Seventh-day Adventists[9]
  • 1999. Walking With Ellen White: Her everyday life as a wife, mother, and friend[10]
  • 1998. Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective.
  • 1998. A User-Friendly Guide to the 1888 Message.
  • 1998. Ellen White's World: A fascinating look at the times in which she lived[11]
  • 1997. Reading Ellen White: How to understand and apply her writings[12]
  • 1996. Meeting Ellen White: A fresh look at her life, writings and major themes[13]
  • 1995. Hebrews: Full of Assurance for Christians Today.
  • 1995. The Fat Lady and the Kingdom.
  • 1994. I Used to be Perfect: A Study of Sin and Salvation.
  • 1993. Millennial Fever and the End of the World: A Study of Millerite Adventism[14]
  • 1990. My Gripe with God: A Study in Divine Justice and the Problem of the Cross.
  • 1989. Angry Saints: Tensions And Possibilities In The Adventist Struggle Over Righteousness By Faith[15][16]
  • 1987. From 1888 to Apostasy: The Case of A. T. Jones[17]
  • 1985. Myths in Adventism.
  • 1983. Early Adventist Educators[18]
  • 1982. Issues and Alternatives in Educational Philosophy.


See also

External links

  • Andrews University profile
  • book search for George R. Knight
  • "If I Were the Devil" by George Knight, speech at the 2000 General Conference Session in Toronto. Same-titled articles by Knight appear in numerous publications, including Adventist Review 178 (January 2001), p8–15
  • Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index (SDAPI) search for articles by Knight

Offline resources

  • "George Knight: Former Pharisee Finds Freedom" in Who's Got the Truth: Making sense out of five different Adventist gospels by Martin Weber
Preceded by
Kenneth A. Strand
Editor of Andrews University Seminary Studies
with Kenneth A. Strand
1988 – 1991
Succeeded by
Nancy J. Vyhmeister
Kenneth A. Strand

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