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Chafer's Systematic Theology, 8 Volumes for e-Sword

Lewis Sperry Chafer


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Originally published in 8 volumes and over 2,800 pages in print, this is a foundational and comprehensive study of the Person and Work of God as revealed in Scripture. Warm, practical, and often devotional, it is entirely Christ-centered.

It is used by many leaders, pastors, and teachers as their trusted guide to a comprehensive study of God. This is the first dispensational, premillenial systematic theology ever published. A foundational work for many evangelicals, it is highly regarded and influential for students and leaders today. It bridges the classic reformed standards of the past (Hodge and Warfield) with groundbreaking insights and influences of the fundamentalist movement and C. I. Scofield.

Chafer describes systematic theology as "the collecting, systematically arranging, comparing, exhibiting and defending of all facts concerning God and His works from any and every source." This resource is an unabridged systematic theology that covers: bibliology (the Scriptures), theology proper (Person and work of God), angelology (angels unfallen and fallen), anthropology (mankind), soteriology (salvation), ecclesiology (the church), eschatology (things to come), christology (Person and work of Christ), pneumatology (Persona and work of the Holy Spirit). A special bonus is Chafer’s “Doctrinal Summarization” which is a dictionary of over 180 key terms, from “Abiding” to “Zion,” providing helpful summaries of their meaning and use throughout Scripture.

NOTE: This main portion of this resource will install as a TOPIC NOTES file in e-Sword software. The "Doctrinal Summarization" installs as a dictionary module. Requires e-Sword v9 or later.

Lewis Sperry Chafer was the founding president of Dallas Theological Seminary and long-time editor of Bibliotheca Sacra.

"The appearance of...Systematic Theology...is without question an epoch in the history of Christian doctrine. Never before has a work similar in content, purpose, and scope been produced. Its appearance in a day when liberal interpretation and unbelief have riddled the Biblical basis for theological study is in itself highly significant...we have here something entirely different than any previously written theology. For the first time the whole scope of theology is considered from the standpoint of premillennial interpretation. The work is remarkably Biblical. The appeal is constantly to Biblical authority rather than to philosophy, tradition, or creed. There has been proper appreciation of the doctrinal heritage of the Church Fathers and the Protestant Reformers. The work is in no sense iconoclastic. In the treatment of bibliology and theology proper as well as in later discussions, President Chafer quotes extensively with approbation from the best theological statements extant. In general a broad and moderate Calvinism is followed in the theology. The work as a whole definitely belongs within the limits of Reformed theology with certain important additions and qualifications. It is however quite distinct from various restatements of Reformed theology. It is a fresh and creative work, a pioneer in a new field, a gathering together in theological system of an interpretation of Biblical doctrines never before treated in this way. It is essentially an exposition and systematization of premillennial and dispensational theology rather than an apology for it. The doctrines which it contains have been preached in various forms by most of the great premillennial Bible teachers of the last fifty years. For the first time these doctrines have been reduced to a written system of theology, related to theological problems, and expanded into all the fields in which revelation has provided teaching. It provides for all who hold the premillennial interpretation of the Scriptures a systematic statement of the content, implications, and relations of their doctrines. For those who would be instructed in what are the proper inclusions of premillennialism it provides an ordered statement of the doctrine as a whole such as has never been provided in one work before. Regardless what theological position may be assumed by the reader, he will find this work definitive in its field." -- Dr. J. F. Walvoord, Bible.org

"Though scholarly in the true sense of the word, this work can also be read and understood by those not formally trained in theology." — Charles C. Ryrie

“...Chafer’s magnum opus...the definitive statement of dispensational theology.” — Walter Elwell

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Chafer's Systematic Theology, 8 Volumes for e-Sword
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3 stars
Very good. (4/15/2014)
Reviewed by (Mike G, SW, MI, US) - Chafer is unapologetically Dispensationalist, and this work is the standard in that theological viewpoint even though many modern dispensationalists would disagree with him on some points. It was written a while ago, and Chafer's style can get a bit wordy at times... but overall a solid work and worth the money if you want to get a solid framework for Dispensationalist thought.

5 stars
Amazing read (6/16/2013)
Reviewed by (Vincent Strebe, Spring Valley, NY, US) - Shock and Awe! Puts me in my place and God; Father, Son and Spirit in His exalted one. Not an easy read for me. I own a plumbing business and teach Sunday school. The stretch is worth it though. I don't want to stop reading! I find myself worshiping and repenting all at once and for days after digesting a portion. As far as the format, I like that I can highlight right in the text. In true e-sword tradition the verses in the text are viewed as tool tips. They are hyper linked to the Bible chapter as well. It is also helpful that clicking on a difficult word engages the dictionary. Just to mention a little more about these volumes, in the preface you will hear the authors heart and his amazing challenge to us to know who God is. I would recommend not skipping it as it sets the tone for the serious seeker.

5 stars
Just getting in to it! (9/23/2012)
Reviewed by (Todd Scheitler, Corpus Christi, Texas, US) - I am just now starting to get into this new resource and I love it. I really wish I had purchased it a long time ago. I recommend that others do not wait as long as I did to purchase this great product and add it to your e-Sword. Worth every penny!!!!

5 stars
The Best Systematic Theology!! (7/24/2012)
Reviewed by (Miguel Muñoz, Bogotá, D.C, Colombia) -

This resource is one of the best there is for e-Sword!. Theology is a clear, concise, completely biblical and devotional, so it's not limited only to teaching but also provides practical lessons for daily life and that's what makes it really significant and distinctive from other theological works.
It will be of great edification for my life and ministry of Bible teaching on which I serve.
It is relatively cheap compared to other software modules and even much more if we compare with the printed work. Sincerely worth all it costs and everyone who get purchase, obtain a resource for Bible study and theological depth that will last a lifetime. Thanks to e-StudySource and Blessings!

4 stars
Great commentary, but... (7/16/2012)
Reviewed by (Arlie Edwards, Wills Point, Texas, US) - Love Chafer and turned out to be much more than I had anticipated, but the download and then finding it in my program is not very user friendly.

5 stars
Reviewed by (David Hilario, Elk Horn, IA, US) - Nothing comes close to this work by LSC a masterpiece in itself!

5 stars
Theology for dummies like me. (9/7/2011)
Reviewed by (Tom Caldwell, Jasper, AL, USA) - Just scratched the outter layer of this material and I am well pleased with what I have seen thus far. This is truly theology for dummies like me.

5 stars
Best Book after the Bible (7/28/2011)
Reviewed by (Gilberto Chang, Santiago, Veraguas, Panama) -

Dr. Chafer is still one of the best Christian authors of all time. His Systematic Theology has been a blessing for thousands of readers through many decades. But his insight is still fresh and profound. Don't hesitate to buy this book, it worth every penny.

5 stars
Most Essential Tool (4/26/2011)
Reviewed by (Jerry Rockwell, PIERRE PART, LA, USA) -

There are only two main systems of theology, Covenant and Dispensational. Any other system is only a variation of one of these two. Lewis Sperry Chafer is one of the classical Dispensationalists and presents a clear and detailed explanation of Dispensational Theology. Anyone serious about the study of theology cannot evaluate any theology without a study of Lewis Sperry Chafer's volumes of theology.

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