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Item description for ESV Scofield Study Bible III-Black Bond Indexed S/S by Scofield C I...
Overview Description The Scofield® Study Bible III offers an unparalleled package of reference tools designed to enrich the study of God's unchanging Word. It has been augmented (not revised) with a wealth of factual information that is clearly displayed in charts and sidebar articles. These add depth and richness to study time, making the ideas underlying the Scofield's annotations clearer to modern readers. This edition features the English Standard Version, an "essentially literal" translation of the Bible that emphasizes word-for-word accuracy and precision along with literary beauty and readability. Enhanced book introductions, accurate in-text maps, authoritative full color maps, and page bottom notes broaden the context of the reader's understanding. Everything about this volume has been designed to encourage serious Bible study. First-time students and seasoned believers alike will find it to be a trustworthy guide to the panorama of God's plan of salvation.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 7.1" Height: 1.7" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2006
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195278763 ISBN13 9780195278767
Bible Binding: Bonded Leather Color: Black Point/Type Size: 9.00 Version: ESVS Redlettering: Yes - Words of Jesus in Red! Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction! Concordance: Yes - Built In Concordance Maps: Yes - Contains Maps Indexed: Yes - Comes Indexed
Reviews - What do customers think about ESV Scofield Study Bible III-Black Bond Indexed S/S ?
Good Quality Bible, even if you are not dispy Mar 28, 2006
I love this Bible. Of the dozens of Bibles I have owned, and the ten or so "premium" Bibles I have used, this is my favorite.
The English Standard Version is a very accurate and readable translation. In the few months I have been using it, it has become my favorite translation. It is about as literal as New American Standard (my old favorite for study) and flows about as smoothly as the New International Version (my old favorite for reading). In fact, in a very large number of passages, it strikes me as the best of all three no matter what you want to use it for.
The type is very clear, the paper is high quality, and the binding is excellent for a bonded leather version. The Bible text is larger than most of my NASB or NIV study Bibles, which is nice as I age. I don't mind thumb indexing, because even though I know where the books are relative to each other, figuring "page distances" is vexing for me, especially when a pastor has you flipping from Romans to Habakkuk to Ezra to 1 John. Plus, I'm not too proud to admit that there is the occassional "senior moment" when I mix up Hosea and Haggai.
Now as for the study notes, I think that they are generally pretty good. I say that even though I am not a Dispensationalist, nor a Pretrib-Premillenialist. The vast majority of the notes have nothing to do with escatology or in what sense the Church took over Israel's promise (or did not). I have no problem reading the commentary as simply a commentary, and not on par with the Scripture it exposits.
In some places, the commentary is actually quite insiteful. For example in Matthew 13, a handy means of interpreting the parables is suggested: if the parables that Jesus does explain have to do with fruitful believers mixed with non-believers, then why not interpret those which he does not explain in the same way? The maps and other study aids (such as comparisons of Jesus's miracles across the gospels, orders of how the disciples are listed in the gospels, etc.) are well-done, interesting and informative.
Good Bible, Except for One Thing! Feb 22, 2006
The Reformation Study Bible from P&R and now this edition from Oxford are the only quality editions available in the ESV translation, as, quite frankly, Crossway, whose in-house translation this is, makes junk not worth having, which has beeen consistently shown since the arrival of the ESV in 2001. Also be aware that the ESV Translation Committee is working on a revision of the ESV which will be out in 2007. Anyway, this is the excellent re-working of the Scofield Bible that OU Press started with the NKJV, and has now continued through the KJV, NIV, and NAS, and will culminate in 2007 with the HCSB. The only drawback to this is that Oxford University Press will no longer make ANY leather Bibles, in ANY translation, that are not thumb-indexed. Personally, I hate it, and so do a lot of other folks. So, one's only choice from now on is have it thumb-indexed, or have it no way. I have chosen no way, and will keep my plain editions of this Bible in NKJV, NIV, and NAS. This Bible is great, however, because there is now a quality edition of the ESV available. I have absolutely no criticism of this product at all, except for thumb-indexing, which I find to be annoying.