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CYRUS INGERSOLL SCOFIELD

(1843 - 1921)

Born in Lenawee County, Michigan, August 19, 1843, C. I. Scofield became one of the foremost names among Bible students. He received his early education in Tennessee.

Although his parents were Christian and the Bible was read in the home, Cyrus didn't consider it a book for investigative study but one to enjoy merely for its stories. His religious experience prior to conversion was superficial.

The Civil War prevented him from entering the university and he never did receive a formal collegiate education. At seventeen he entered the Confederate Army, and because he was an excellent horseman he became an orderly. He frequently carried messages under gunfire. The Confederate Cross of Honor was awarded him for bravery at Antietam.

When the war was over, Scofield studied law in St. Louis, and afterward moved to Kansas, where he was admitted to the bar in 1869. He served in the Kansas State Legislature and at the age of twenty-nine was appointed by President Grant as United States District Attorney for Kansas. Later he returned to St. Louis and reentered law practice. During this time he began to drink heavily. However, his passion for drink was completely removed when he trusted Jesus Christ through the efforts of Thomas S. McPheeters, a YMCA worker.

Scofield immediately became active in Christian work. He was ordained in Dallas, Texas, October 1883, where he began his ministry as pastor of the First Congregational Church. As a result of diligent and systematic study of the Scriptures during his years of ministry, he produced the Scofield Reference Bible and the Scofield Bible Correspondence Course.

Through the influence of private talks with Hudson Taylor of the China Inland Mission and also a book by a brilliant journalist traveler, William Eleroy, Scofield established the Central American Mission in 1890.

Concerning the Reference Bible, he asked himself this question: "What kind of reference Bible would have helped me most when I was first trying to learn something of the Word of God, but ignorant of the very first principles of Bible study?" This was a tremendous undertaking and took a great deal of tedious work and genius. He and his wife made trips to England and the continent while completing the work. The Oxford libraries were opened to him, and the Oxford University Press published it. It was completed in 1907 and presented to the public in January 1909.

In reflecting upon his own lifetime Scofield recalls the two great epochs of his life: "The first was when I ceased to take as final human teachings about the Bible and went to the Bible itself. The second was when I found Christ as Victory and Achievement." Scofield died on Sunday morning July 24, 1921, at Douglaston, Long Island. Hundreds of thousands have appreciated and use his famous Scofield Reference Bible.

Cyrus Ingersoll Scofield - Timeline

  • 1860 – Enlisted in the Confederate Army

  • 1870-1871 – Member Kansas House of Representatives

  • 1872-1973 – Served as Kansas District Attorney

  • 1881-1883 – Pastor of Hyde Park Congregational Church, St Louis Missouri

  • 1883-1895 – Pastor of First Congregational Church, Dallas, Texas

  • 1885 – Wrote Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

  • 1887 – Established the Southwestern School of the Bible, Dallas, Texas

  • 1890 – Founded Central American Missions

  • 1890Established the Scofield Bible Correspondence Course

  • 1902-1909 – Pastor of First Congregational Church, Dallas Texas

  • 1895-1900 – Pastor of Moody's Trinitarian Congregational Church, East Northfield, Massachusetts.

  • 1900-1903 – President of Northfield Bible Training School

  • 1909 – Published the Scofield Reference Bible

  • 1909 – Established the New York School of the Bible, New York City

  • 1915-1921 – Pastor of Community Church, Douglaston, Long Island, New York

  • 1914 – Founded the Philadelphia School of the Bible

  • 1917 – Republished the Scofield Reference Bible

 
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Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth  by C. I. Scofield. (#5825) What are the important divisions of Scripture? Since it was first published in 1885, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth has helped millions around the world to better understand the Word of God. The ten chapters include: (1) The Jew, the Gentile, and the Church; (2) The Seven Dispensations; (3) The Two Advents; (4) The Two Resurrections; (5) The Five Judgments; (6) Law and Grace; (7) The Two Natures; (8) The Believer’s Standing and State; (9) Salvation and Rewards; (10) Believers and Professors. 102 page PB ISBN: 9781934251379 -- Enlarged Type Edition $10.95

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