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Seeking a Global Context for the First Vision
TitleSeeking a Global Context for the First Vision
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsHales, Brian C.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume45
Pagination363-368
KeywordsEarly Church History; First Vision
Abstract

Richard E. Bennett’s latest volume, 1820: Dawning of the Restoration, is not a book about the First Vision. Instead, it describes the world in 1820 through thirteen biographies that provide useful context to the seminal event. Included are Napoleon Bonaparte, Jean Francois Champollion, Alexander I, Ludwig van Beethoven, Theodore Gericault, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George IV/Queen Caroline, John Wesley/William Wilberforce/Hannah More, Simon Bolivar, John Williams, Henry Clay, Alexander Von Humboldt, and Joseph Smith. Topics of military conquest, music, science, literature, art, linguistics, religion, politics, and the industrial revolution receive extensive coverage for 1820 and the surrounding decades. Even if readers are not seeking an expanded understanding of the world that launched the Restoration, this well-written and highly researched compilation would be an interesting and rewarding read.

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/seeking-a-global-context-for-the-first-vision/