Readers often wrote to Isabella asking how they could study the Bible on their own, and Isabella was always happy to suggest a method that seemed to fit their individual circumstance.
Here’s what she wrote to one reader, a harried housewife who had very little time each day to call her own:
As to methods of Bible study, there are numberless ways, and they are all good. The main point is to choose one of them and study. There are books that help wonderfully in the understanding of the Bible. Some of the very little ones contain a great deal of instruction.
This is notably the case with a wee booklet of not more than fifty small pages. It is called “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth,” and contains ten outline studies on the divisions of the Bible. It is prepared by C. I. Scofield and published by the Asher Publishing Co., St. Paul, Minn.
You can read the “wee booklet” Isabella recommended.
“Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” by C. I. Scofield is available online.
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2 thoughts on “A Wee Booklet”
Some of it is very useful, but it definitely pushes Dispensational theology. Scofield was very controversial at the time. He wasted his wife’s fortune, abandoned her and then converted and married someone else. Divorce and remarriage teaching in most churches back then was Bible-based, and he had a great struggle finding a church that would marry the couple! Putting a man with his background of forgery, crooked financial dealings and marital abandonment was very controversial. I think his Dispensationalist theology has many holes in it, but the legacy of greater acceptance of men of do not meet I Timothy requirements of being the husband of one wife and having a good reputation was the worst outcome. A converted man is a new creature, but he still must make amends to those he harmed while an unbeliever, and his misdeeds were a stumbling block to those who knew of his behavior. I see no evidence that he even gave his wife time to see his conversion was real or to make financial amends.
When I first read Isabella’s recommendation of the wee booklet by Scofield, I was a little surprised for all the reasons you mentioned. I wondered if, at the time, she was unaware of Scofield’s many moral failures, especially those that occurred after his conversion, since he did take great steps to cover them up (as did his followers). That’s a question I may never figure out, no matter how much research I do! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Barbara. —Jenny