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A Legacy Library: How Lewis Sperry Chafer Learned from His Father

Lewis Sperry Chafer (born this day in 1871) was an American Presbyterian clergyman and educator, born in Rock Creek, Ohio. He studied at New Lyme Academy in Ohio, at Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory and College, and under C. I. Scofield. He also taught Bible at the Philadelphia School of the Bible from 1914 to 1923. In 1924, he founded the Evangelical Theological College—now Dallas Theological Seminary.

His father, Thomas Franklin Chafer, was a Congregational pastor; he and his wife, Lomira Sperry Chafer, were devoted, caring parents. Thomas died when Lewis was just 11.

Books are heirlooms


Despite his early passing, Lewis’ father left something behind. He left his library of books, including his beloved John Owen commentary, in which we found this flyleaf while converting the commentary to a Logos resource. First, the Owen commentary belonged to Thomas Franklin Chafer; then it was passed on to young Lewis; from there, it went with Lewis to seminary.

Leaving digital books to your children might not be something you think about when you’re building up your Logos library. But your books—the pages that brought you to a deeper understanding of God’s Word—are one of the most important things you can leave to your child. After all, why would you build up an entire library just for it to be forgotten?

With Logos, you can leave a legacy. Your license is transferable, and it never expires. You can pass your library down for the generations to come.

Thomas Franklin Chafer had it right when he left his library to Lewis—it must have meant so much more to build a library secure in the knowledge that he’d be passing it down to his son. Little did he know that, through Lewis, so many people would be trained up in the study of God’s Word! Lewis Sperry Chafer took that modest library and turned it into a legacy of his own: he went on to become one of the most beloved theologians of the early twentieth century, and he left behind a seminary that’s educated thousands of young teachers.

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Add Chafer’s writings to your own legacy library—get the Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection today.

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  • Great point made in this article about legacy.

    I do think about Leaving my Logos Library to my children when I die often.

    I have always thought of the investment as a legacy for the future generations of my family.

    The great thing about this library is that my kids will get my highlights and notes too. I do hope the format will continue to grow and develop from strength to strength, adapting to future technologies so generations to come can readily access and use the library.

  • I agree with Clint Scott's remarks. It is important that future versions of LOGOS be Backward Compatible, not only for Notes, Passage Lists, etc., but also for the compilation of personal books of which I have created many and brought into the Logos format for dynamic searching, analysis research, and exegesis. These need to be passed on to our children as well.

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