I purchased The Scofield Study Bible III: New American Standard Bible, in Burgundy Genuine Leather. After having used the New Scofield for 32 years, in many ways, this Bible is an improvement. Below are outlined the improvements that I have found in this edition:
1. The major weakness of the Scofields of the past has been their reliance upon the King James Version, which is now 400 years old. With this NASB edition, the translation itself is no longer an issue.
2. Another problem with previous editions of the Scofields was their binding-which invariably broke under time. This one appears to have a much stronger binding than those previously-issued. The burgundy pigskin cover is stunning in its appearance.
3. The layout and overall appearance of the pages themselves is much cleaner and much more appealing-especially with the use of boxes around the summary footnotes for each major doctrine.
4. Cross-references are easier to locate in the margins. I'm thankful that the Lockman Foundation allowed Oxford to use their own Scofield cross-referencing system without the clutter that the addition of the NASB references would have caused.
5. The Concordance is in a 3-column-per-page format and is a healthy 132 pages long.
6. Book introductions and outlines have been expanded and are more detailed.
7. And, the Index Of Proper Names from the Old Scofield has been retained. This index gives the meaning, pronunciation, and location for all proper names found in Scripture.
I have two criticisms of this Bible:
1. While the New Scofield was jam-packed with footnotes, this edition has had some of those footnotes edited out, so they are fewer in number than those found in the New Scofield.
2. For the life of me, I do not understand why Oxford issued this as a "Red-Letter" edition, with the words of Christ in red. I find it hard to take any study Bible with red letters seriously. It was a needless and most-unwanted addition.
At $34.64, this Bible is a best-buy-the best of the Scofield Bibles of the past based upon a much better translation, a much-more appealing page format, and in a stronger binding.