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The Scofield Bible: Its History and Impact on the Evangelical Church Paperback – December 10, 2009
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About the Author
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. Mangums 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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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.
In honor of the one-hundredth anniversary of the first printing of the Scofield Bible, scholars Todd Mangum of the USA and Mark Sweetnam of Ireland joined to review and analyze the impact of the Scofield Reference Bible and to evaluate its lasting influence on the Christian community and contemporary interpretations of the Bible.
The somewhat controversial life of Scofield is covered in the first fifty pages of the book, and perhaps the greatest compliment I can give the authors is to praise their objectivity in dealing both with Scofield himself and the Scofield Reference Bible. Having read other authors whose strong prejudices (for or against) Scofield distort their works and make them suspect, Mangum and Sweetnam stick to the facts. It is even hard to discern exactly where their opinions lie.
Chapters include discussion of Scofield's theology and how the Scofield Reference Bible affected the rise of dispensationalism in Britain and in America. Yet none of this is dry or technical reading! An interesting final chapter looks at study Bibles today, their benefits and hazards. This book will be especially helpful to those interested in recent church history, the history of fundamentalism, and the deveopment of dispensationalism.