Understanding The Bible
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PREFACE to the DOCTRINE NOTES and THEIR USE
In the early days of Philadelphia School of the Bible, Dean William L. Pettingill, William Allan Dean, Alva J. McClain, William Culbertson, and others taught the doctrines of the Bible on the basis of "The Great Words of Scripture, " a term coined by C. I. Scofield and made widely known through the Scofield Reference Bible, the Scofield Bible Study Notes, and the Scofield Correspondence Course. This was a natural because Scofield was the first president of that school, which later merged with the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania to become what is now Philadelphia College of Bible.
In the 1940s this alphabetical arrangement was reorganized by placing similar doctrinal words together in logical groups which followed the usual order of standard theologies.
It will be apparent to the reader that these notes, except for Eschatology do not go in depth, but represent helpful summaries of these great areas of doctrine, pivoting around important words of Scripture. The three signatures on ESCHATOLOGY (including ECCLESIOLOGY), on the contrary, give an extensive analytical treatment of that area, introducing some new definitions of key words and some new solutions to prophetic problems.
The order in which these various signatures are arranged in this book follows the sequence used in the College's Evening School of Continuing Education. Day school students study these doctrines in slightly different combinations, listed at the close of the Preface. So that day school students may quickly find the relation of these signatures to their particular courses, the following chart is furnished:
|ORDER OF SIGNATURES IN THIS BOOK
(Evening School Order)
|DAY SCHOOL DOCTRINE
Course Number Involved
|NAMES OF GOD||II|
(including Ecclesiology) I, II, III
DAY SCHOOL ORDER OF DOCTRINES:
DOCTRINE I Bibliology, Angelology, Anthropology, Harmartiology
DOCTRINE II Theology Proper (including Names of God),
DOCTRINE III Soteriology I and II,
DOCTRINE IV Eschatology (including Ecclesiology)
Many hands have labored, but I take final responsibility as editor for what you find here. It is my prayer that your heart will be thrilled again and again as you see the greatness and goodness of God.
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
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