The Adventual Library Collection at the Goddard Library
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
By Sophia Lufkin
This is a collection of books, periodicals, and charts pertaining to the Adventism movement in Protestant Christianity. Originally housed at the Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, MA, the collection moved to Gordon-Conwell in 1987. Here you can find prophetic charts, Millerite/Adventist periodicals, church records, and a library of 2,500 volumes about the doctrines, practices, and history of the Advent movement. 

Adventism was founded in the 1830s by William Miller, a farmer and Baptist preacher in eastern New York State. Miller preached that the world would end on October 22, 1844, based on his interpretation of a numerical prophecy in the book of Daniel. Though Millerism spread widely, the movement ended in the “Great Disappointment,” when the day in question came and the end-times did not come. Remaining adherents reorganized into a variety of splinter churches. The largest of these was the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, formally established in 1863.  

Pictured here is an 1843 chart from the collection, depicting the prophecy in Daniel 2:31ff, which was central to the tenets of Adventism. Visible is the statue made of four metals as described in the text, alongside numerical calculations.
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