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Ellen White’s First Vision

January 10, 2009

Visions and Revisions Part 1

by Ron Graybill

Ministry Magazine published this first of three parts in their February 1994 edition. It is a textual study of Ellen White’s first vision.

Ron Graybill’s writings address some of the more perplexing issues raised by critics. In examining Ellen White’s first vision, Graybill used a computer program to identify the differences.

I appreciate Graybill’s thoroughness. When he addresses an issue, he examines what seems like every known angle. Here is his list of the printings of Ellen White’s first vision:

Printings of Ellen White’s First Vision

1846—”Letter From Sister Harmon,” The Day-Star 9 (Jan. 24,1846): pp. 31, 32. (This is a DjVu file. A free download of the DjVu is available **HERE** )

1846—”To the Little Remnant Scattered Abroad,” broadside, Apr. 6, 1846.

1847—”A Word to the ‘Little Flock,’” pamphlet, May 30, 1847.

1851—”Experience and Views” Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Extra, July 21, 1851.

1851—A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: James White, 1851), pp. 9-15.

1860—Spiritual Gifts (Battle Creek, Mich.: Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association, 1860), vol. 2, pp. 30-35, 52-55.

1882—Early Writings (Battle Creek, Mich.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1882), pp. 9-15.

1883—”To the Remnant Scattered Abroad,” pamphlet, 1883.

1885—Testimonies for the Church (Oakland: Pacific Press Pub. Assn.,1885), vol. 1, pp. 58-61, 67-70.

1906—Early Writings (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1906), pp. 13-20.

1945—Early Writings (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1945), pp. 13-20.

Graybill serves as a role model for amateur historians seeking to remain positive even while they address serious issues.