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The Scofield Bible: Its History and Impact on the Evangelical Church Paperback – December 10, 2009


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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Paternoster (December 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606570331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606570333
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TODD MANGUM is Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of the Faculty at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA. He received the John F. Walvoord Award for Outstanding Work in Eschatology from Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Ph.D. in Theological Studies in 2001. Dr. Mangum’s book, The Dispensational-Covenantal Rift is widely acclaimed as providing a definitive history on the debate between dispensationalists and covenant theologians. He has also written numerous articles seeking to repair breaches among various segments of Bible-believing Christianity, and advancing a generously orthodox, missional approach to theology and ministry in the postmodern, post-Christian context. Dr. Mangum is ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention. He resides with his wife, Linda, and three sons. In May 2009, he serves as best man at the wedding of his oldest son, Caleb.

MARK SWEETNAM is a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies at Trinity College Dublin. His main area of research interest is literature and theology. Primarily an early-modern scholar, he is currently working on John Donne and mission and empire in the early-modern public sphere. He is also interested in evangelical and dispensational popular culture. His work has been published in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Literature & Theology and Journal of Religious History.

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Todd Mangum is the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Biblical Seminary in the Greater Philadelphia area. He has authored books and several articles seeking to bridge divides among devoted Christians. Todd is also a faithful churchman and church leader, who has been instrumental in helping local churches (including his own home church) embrace a missional vision and Kingdom orientation that sees and joins God's work in the world and among people beyond the church walls.
He is married to Linda; they have three sons, and a daughter-in-law, all of whom reside in Souderton, PA.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Drake on March 17, 2010
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Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Scofield Reference Bible. Despite Scofield's tremendous impact on 20th century Christianity, the anniversary seemed to pass with little fanfare. The Scofield Bible: Its History and Impact on the Evangelical Church, by R. Todd Mangum and Mark S. Sweetnam is one of the few acknowledgements I have noticed. The book is broad in its scope, covering everything from the life of C.I. Scofield himself to the theology and historical impact of his reference Bible. It distinguishes itself from the best-known predecessors in successfully attempting a fair-minded assessment--free from the bias of theological bent or personal fondness. As such, it is neither a hagiography nor a hack-job. Scofield's personal foibles are presented as well as his virtues. The commendable innovations made by his reference Bible are mentioned as well as the regrettable deficiencies. In all, the authors achieved the scholarly balance they were striving to attain.

Over the past several years, due in part to the theological excesses of those in some well-publicized corners of dispensationalism, the Scofield Reference Bible has come under fire. This book will remind the reader of Scofield's truly groundbreaking achievement. Readers who look to this book to either justify their theological presuppositions or condemn those of others will be disappointed. It is a study on the impact of the Scofield Reference Bible--it is not a treatise on dispensationalism. While few readers will agree with all of his notes and some will disagree with his dispensational framework or his Calvinist perspective, all can acknowledge and appreciate his impact on modern evangelicalism.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on February 4, 2010
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I would not classify myself as a dispensationalist. For the most part, I don't know where I stand. I sometimes find myself leaning toward dispensationalism on some issues but then I turn around and can lean toward covenantal theology on others. When it comes to end times, I don't line up with dispensationalism so I wanted to read a book on dispensational theology and its history. I have a few books here and there in my library on dispensationalism but not much in terms of the history of the movement.

And then I happen to find this book on the Scofield Bible. Occasionally I visit a fundamentalist Baptist church in our area where the Scofield Bible is practically worshiped. In fact, the pastor of the church will sometimes cite the page number he is turning to before citing the biblical reference. The members of the church almost all use the Scofield Bible. The church also has a small Bible college and I have visited the school a few times for chapel services and almost all the Bible college students use the Scofield Bible. Most of them prefer the 1917 notes above the 1967 notes since the 1967 notes corrects the King James Version translation here and there and this is simply unacceptable in KJV-only circles.

This book, written by R. Todd Mangum (UK) and Mark Sweetnam (US) offers a history of the Scofield Bible. The book opens by tracing the story of the man behind the study Bible itself, C.I. Scofield. Scofield has been criticized by his critics and adored by his admirers when the reality is that he probably was somewhere in between. Without a doubt, before his conversion, Scofield was a shady man. The word to describe Scofield would be simply a liar. He lived off lies. Scofield's critics feel that his lying didn't end with his conversion though I tend to doubt this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Buck on November 23, 2012
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Absolutely the best treatment I have found of the genesis of Scofield theology and the effects of the Scofield Reference Bible on Western Christianity.
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