So, long story short, I have been given a copy of this.
Short story long, some background: I’m a new convert. Never been a churchgoer, though my parents were (nominally) Protestant; my mother had inherited an early 20th Century copy of the KJV which my dad used to read from as a bedtime story (just the bizarre Jacobean language was always some kind of treat - I always liked the Book of Ezekiel for the mind-bending imagery!) and that was my only real exposure to Scripture other than a Gideons NT/Psalms which I re-read compulsively as a teenager. Anyway, this is a digression.
So, a distant family member, knowing I’ve converted and am a big reader (I currently have, and like to dip into and compare, a few volumes of the Navarre, Haydock, New Jerome and Oxford Catholic Study Bible; haven’t got the Ignatius yet and might wait for the OT to be finished), did a very nice thing and bought me a present of a nice new KJV bible.
You can guess where this is going.
It’s actually really nice, as an artefact in its own right - it’s a leather bound, red letter edition, and a facsimile of the 1917 edition in the same type etc. But it’s an Old Scofield, and even just flicking through the notes on Revelation I can see immediately the author was evidently both somewhat bonkers and rabidly anti-Catholic. :eek:
I’m well aware of the history and reputation of this thing, and its role in the more spittle-flecked end of the spectrum of American evangelical Protestantism. I don’t for one moment believe the donor intended any kind of subtle or not-so-subtle message about my conversion - this person isn’t religious, wouldn’t know Cardinal Hume from Billy Graham, she was just trying to do a nice thing.
(I’m surprised at the OUP really. Nowhere on the (again really rather nice!) packaging does it say “this is the edition considered to be a foaming-mouth fundamentalist Protestant’s faithful bedside companion”, it’s quite surreptitiously packaged up as “a full-featured study Bible at an amazing price” etc. It strikes me that someone really should produce an equivalent Douay-Rheims/Haydock volume and market it in exactly the same way. But I digress, again.)
So, anyway. I’ve no intention of throwing it away, I’m quite keen to keep it - if nothing else as a nice version of the KJV, which I still think is beautiful even though it isn’t and will never be “my” Bible to be used as, well, a Bible (I’m a Jerusalem guy, though I like to compare different versions).
Rather my question is this; I’ve seen it mentioned in a few threads, but is there anything positive to take from it? Are any of the notes helpful in any way? I don’t have an independent concordance, is this one any use? Is it just valuable in its own right to have a window into what your everyday fundamentalist is reading/thinking?
All opinions/thoughts/observations gratefully received.