Who is C. I. Scofield?
C. I. Scofield
"The merits of my cause should not be judged by my ability in
Born in Michigan, Cyrus Scofield became one of the
foremost names among Bible students.
His mother died at his birth, but
before she died, prayed this boy might become a minister.
moved to Tennessee, where he received his early education.
parents were Christians and the Bible was read at home, Cyrus didn't consider it
a book of investigative study but one to enjoy merely for its stories. So his
religious experience prior to conversion was superficial.
The Civil War
prevented him from entering the university, so he never received a formal
collegiate education. At 17 he entered the Confederate Army. 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 29 was appointed by President Grant as United States District
Attorney fro Kansas. Later he returned to St. Louis and re-entered law practice.
During this time he drank heavily. However, this passion for drink was
completely removed when he received Christ through the efforts of Thomas S.
McPheeters, a YMCA worker.
Scofield immediately became active in
Christian work. He was ordained in 1883 and became minister at First
Congregational Church, Dallas.
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.
died on Sunday morning, July 24, 1921, at Douglaston, Long Island.