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Joseph Smith's First Vision in Historical Context: How a Historical Narrative became Theological
Journal of MORMON HISTORY
in this issue for an examination of the background, theological development, and role in the Second Great Awakening of Alexander Campbell and his father, Th omas. 4 Few scholars have realized that this contains the earliest known account of the vision: "For after that it truly was manifested unto this fi rst Elder, that he had Received a remission of his sins he was entangeled again in the vanities of the world but after truly Repenting God ministered unto him by an Holy Angel . . . that hedoi:10.5406/jmormhist.41.4.74 fatcat:3hyoqz7k5rhdbbwdljsewnybpy