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KJV First Scofield Study Bible Leather Bound – Box set, March 9, 2001

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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 1650 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Box edition (March 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529109530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529109538
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,921,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's a great example of the kind of good old-fashioned Bible scholarship that nobody seems to be doing anymore. C. I. Scofield had a very particular and sometimes even quirky way of interpreting the Bible, and his edition of the Bible is devoted to presenting that particular interpretation. That's both its strength and its weakness.
You won't find a balanced assessment of different schools of thought here. Scofield just dismisses anyone who disagrees with him as "puerile." Instead, what you get is a detailed exposition of his theory of "dispensations"--different periods in which God tested man's obedience to some specific revelation of his will.
Scofield writes notes on only those parts of the Bible that interest him and support his interpretation. The New Testament is much more heavily annotated than the Old, and in the Old Testament the Prophets are much more heavily annotated than the historical books, where often more than fifteen pages can go by without a footnote. If something puzzles you in one of the passages that don't interest him, Scofield gives you no help.
Scofield also omits the original King James translators' marginal notes and alternative readings, some of which are helpful to the average reader. One example I just happened to notice: Deuteronomy 32:44, where to "Hoshea the son of Nun" the King James translators added a note, "Or, Joshua," reminding us that Hoshea and Joshua are the same person. This particular verse apparently didn't interest him, so Scofield provided no note.
In short, this is not really a reference or study Bible; it's the text of the King James Version used as an extended illustration of Scofield's own theology.
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I have always preferred my Scofield Bible simply due to all of the notes about the translation. I like that he gives much detail in many of the areas of the bible. This is the original edition so it contains much in notes, cross references, and much more.

If you are looking for a bible that gives a great deal of explanation this would be a great choice for you. The back of the bible gives us much of Scofield's idealology, and a wonderful cross reference section.

This bible is well made, and is attractive. There are some color maps in the back of the bible, as well as an area in the front for family history. Once again I emphasize if you are looking for a bible that is rich with details on the interpretation I highly recommend this one to you.
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I have known many fundamentalists who engage in attacks on orthodox christianity. I could never understand how these people, claiming scripture alone, could argue things that are just plain unscriptural.

For instance: the rapture, anti-sacramentality, neo-gnostic theology, an emphasis on the Book of Revelation over and above the gospels, and over the words of Jesus Christ, a refusal to recognize the clear trajectory of salvation history etc. etc.

Then someone showed me the Scofield Bible. I was intrigued as I love the King James Version of the scriptures. However, when I read Scofield's notes everything made sense. This bible commentary is one of the most interesting, yet flawed, things I have ever read. By dividing up (some would say butchering) the scripture, Scofield has managed to produce an ahistorical and unorthodox commentary that has led generations astray.

When fundamentalists say that they take "the bible alone" as their authority, what they mean is that they take Darby's theology and Scofield's notes on the scriptures to be truth. Thus, their strange version of Christianity is only two hundred years old. Furthermore, they contradict themselves. First, they say they take the bible alone as their authority. Second, they only listen to Darbyist theology and only read Scofield's notes. Thus, Darby and Scofield become fundamentalist versions of the Catholic Magisterium. Only their interpretation is correct. Never mind that one must tear apart the scriptures to get at their version of "truth."

Now, some fundamentalists will point out that there is one obscure reference to the rapture in the early church. However, the VAST majority of the fathers thought otherwise.
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