Amongst the 6,123,908 (Six Million, One Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eight), English articles on the online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is the biography of Finis Jennings Dake (1902-1987).
• Pentecostal (Charismatic) Evangelism
• Christian Spirituality
• Premillennial Dispensationalism
As a teenager, at age 17, he got converted and equally received a special anointing to quote major portions of the Bible from memory, according to Wikipedia.
He reportedly preached his first Sermon at age 23, in 1925, while he was ordained at age 25, two years after his first Sermon, by the Assemblies of God denomination.
Subsequently, he worked as a Pastor and Evangelist in Texas and Oklahoma, before proceeding to Zion, Illinois, United States of America. At Zion, he was the Pastor of the Christian Assembly Church, where he founded the Shiloh Bible Institute, which eventually merged with the Central Bible Institute, situated at the former residence of John Alexander Dowie, an alleged controversial faith healer, in the United States.
Significantly prominent amongst his writings, was the 1963 study Bible, the first widely published by a person with Pentecostal leanings titled: The Dake's Annotated Reference Bible.
The actual writing of the study Bible began in 1956, seven years after the commencement, the process was completed. However, the response of the Christian theologians was swift, as they held divergent opinions, on the 35,000 study notes, included in the Reference Bible, with some treating them as umbilical personal commentary.
Notwithstanding the discordant views of the theologians, there are 17 salient facts behind the importance and relevance, of The Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, as a functional and illuminating Christian Spiritual resource material in this dispensation and presumably in the future, which include the following:
1. A Compact All in One Resource Material, made up of;
a) A Bible
b) Bible Atlas
c) Bible Commentary
d) Bible Dictionary
e) Complete Concordance
f) Dispensational Truths
h) Prophetic Studies
i) Synthesis of the Bible
j) Topical Text Book
2. About 9,000 Informative Headings
3. 500,000 Cross References
4. 35,000 Notes and Comments
5. 66 Summary of Interesting facts, at the end of each Book
6. Amplification of Thousands of Texts
7. Definitions and Translations of important Hebrew and Greek Words
8. Definitions of Obsolete and Difficult English Words
9. Harmonization of the Bible with Secular History
10. Provision of modern Monetary equivalent to the Costs in biblical era
11. Inter Testament History
12. 3,400 Notes on Sermon Material
13. 2,000 Biblical Illustrations
14. Over 8,000 Variety of Subject Outlines
15. Alphabetical listing in the Cyclopedic Index of every Word in the Bible, with the number of times of its occurrence
16. Out of the 12,243 English Bible Words, about 10,822 have Complete References
17. 100,000 man hours invested by the author, spanning 43 years of searching the Scripture
All these and more are the visible attractions and reasons behind the continued importance and relevance of the Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, in this present and presumably the future Christian dispensation.
As a compact all in one resource material and study Bible, compliant with the emerging trends of smart study.
The above facts would always prevent the Dake’s Bible from becoming obsolete and irrelevant.
When next you needed a companion on a trip, where you desire to study the Bible, an in depth study, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible is a reliable ally.
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