I have owned and used the NIV Scofield since 1986, and sadly it is reaching its retirement (pages are full of notes with minimal space left in the margins). Came back to the Scofield due to the insight the notes provide. I'm glad the 84 edition was still available based on the way it reads. Being from Oxford Press, the quality appears what I expected based on the longevity of the one purchased in 1986. I only wished it was available without the thumbed index. Having never owned a thumb indexed Bible, this issue is something I can get used to, therefore minor.
When reading the Scofield Study Bible III in the New International Version (1984 format,) you get within the pages a lot of insight that even some scholars of the bible might seem to overlook. This Study Bible many a times gets overlooked by other different Study Bibles such as the Life Application, The Ryrie Study Bible, The Life in the Spirit Study Bible- (formerly The Full Life Study Bible,) The Quest Study Bible, The Fire Bible, etc. All of the above mentioned are good, but they don't match the beauty of C.I.Scofield's study notes. These notes are used to basically make it easier to help you apply the scripture to your life, to aid you in living the type of life that our Lord called us to lead in him when we first accepted him as Lord and Savior. It also gives you the proper unstanding of scripture to make application easier. Once you get this bible in your hands, you will NEVER want to put it down! Not to mention the specifications this bible contains: Black & White maps throughout the bible, Full color maps in the back, study notes, words of Christ in red letter, a synopsis of what each book is about, and the genuine leather cover has to be one of the best-strengthened kinds in the world. Yes, this bible is a must have for ANY christian, including new believers. You are only cheating yourselves by not owning one.