85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2007
I have recently bought the Dake's Annotated Reference Bible Hard Cover and
I was overwhelmed with all the footnotes, references, study guides and so on. I was told to buy the Dakes Annotated Reference Bible Compact Edition and I must say that I am highly pleased with both of them. The difference between the two is that the Dake's Compact Edition is better made and the lettering is larger than the Hard back. Warning, both Bibles paper is on the cheap side compared to other Bibles that I have. Another warning, I have been told that there are some racist comments in the footnotes but to tell you the truth as a African American, I have yet to find them thus far but I just purchased the Bible so I am still going through it. If there are racist comments in the footnotes, from my experience, he (Dake) would not be the first. There are also some beliefs that Dake states in the footnotes that are far out there and I totally disagree with them. Be a mature Christian, ask the Holy Spirit for revelation, wisdom, and knowledge and overlook the negative and racist comments and personal beliefs and search WORD for yourself.
I must say that so far, this Bible contains more footnotes, guidelines, study notes, Hebrew and Greek words and phrases, references, just to name a few than any other Bible that I own or read. It is packed with Bible Treasures that seems to make you even more hungry for the WORD.
I highly recommend this Bible for mature Christians only. A new saint will be overwhelmed and blown away and intimidated. Even mature Christians such as teachers, preachers, professors and pastors sometimes feel that way about this Bible. I say that as a compliment to Dake.
So when you buy it and start studying GOD'S WORD, fasten you seat belt and
get ready for the ride of your life!
have been told that by a few people.
88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
I have known of this bible for years but never looked into it until recently. I was amazed at the variance in the reviews here on Amazon; many people rate it an enthusiastic 5 stars while others give it a scathing one star. I can see why this is; it is the most personally polarizing bible that I have ever looked it and here is why:
The amount of annotations is amazing! Truly this man spent HOURS researching God's Word. There is a plethora of lists, word studies, and outlines, many of which I REALLY, REALLY like and gain much from, perhaps more than any bible I have ever had. They cause me to think and go back and study the text to find the outlined points. I like the way they summarize the sections of the text and make it easy to locate certain verses.
Conversely, there is also a lot to dislike, and I really hate to have to add this part of the review when there is so much that I DO like about the bible. However, as noted in so many reviews below, there are some SERIOUS theological errors in this bible regarding the Incarnation of Christ, the Trinity, creation, racism etc. I will not go deeply into these as they have been well covered by previous reviews. I agree that the views expressed by Dake on these doctrines are heretical, even looney. I admit that I wonder if it is wrong to own a bible that expresses such glaring errors about Christ.
One thing of interest, I looked up Acts 17:26 as one of the older reviews cites this verse as an example of having an extremely racist annotation attached to it. I have the July 2006 printing and in this edition, the racist annotation is gone. The annotations go from A, B, to D, although C is marked in the text. Annotation C is gone with a small blank in its place--and the racist comments previously noted are not in this edition. Perhaps the publisher became ashamed and withdrew it? If others readers have other older printings , I would be interested in your comments to see if indeed there is an annotation removed from here.
I have the genuine leather edition. It is a beautifully made bible and seems very durable, one of the better constructed ones around. It appears that the pages are sewn and not glued, a plus this day in age. The pages are not too thin, and the type tiny but clear. The four column layout is somewhat difficult to read at first, but you get used to it. There are some maps and diagrams in the back, many pertaining to Dake's view of end-times prophecy.
All this being said, I would not be comfortable recommending Dake to new believers, although I think older believers who are more grounded can gain a lot of value out of this bible if used with discretion. All in all, the Dake is a bible with many good notes that are sadly combined with a lot of loose doctrine.
97 of 107 people found the following review helpful
This is a terrific study Bible for believers with charismatic leanings. The general direction of the theology here is Dispensational. There are a ton of notes.
I have the large print, thumb-indexed edition. If you are seriously going to use this Bible and it's notes you almost must have the thumb-indexed version. The layout and font quality is good. I spend hours just going over the notes.
A word of caution. A goodly portion of the notes are intermingled with OPINION and conclusions based upon said opinion. Many of the conclusions are flat out wrong such as the one about the pre-Adamic earth. Many other conclusions are obtuse to say the least, such as the one about the Trinity. Therefore, take much of the notes as "commentary" and NOT as exposition of the Bible text per se. As with all commentaries, validate the author's exposition based upon YOUR study of God's Word and other commentaries.
A strong feature of this work are the numerous LISTS. Such as the Names Of God, Doctrines In John, etc. Another great feature is the question and answer sections on some books like Joshua. One can learn quite a bit from these sections.
If you are a believer who is charismatically bent this Bible is a treasure. If you, like myself, do not buy into charismatic theology, this work is a good study tool and very useful.
All in all I am very glad I have this Study Bible. A fine work.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
. . . but I'm adding it anyway.
First off, I should say that I am *not* a Biblical scholar; my religious "training" is solely based on a churchgoing upbringing and liberal arts-oriented (but not religious) education. Even though I'm not a religious scholar by any stretch of the imagination, I do find that I can sort out fact from opinion. As long as you've got some sort of foundation in Christian religion (I specify "Christian" not to exclude other religious but only to make clear the needed background for reading this text), you will most likely be able to make your own judgements regarding Dake's opinions.
***Also, don't forget that opinions DO have their plus side! They make you think, mentally aruge, search for scriptures, and review your own beliefs.***
I find the tremendous amount of annotating to be fascinating. Because of it, I find myself reading each chapter, each verse more carefully and analytically than I have with any other study Bible. Dake's abundance of information as well as his opinionated stance force the reader to read carefully and thoughtfully.
The Greek translations are numerous; if the origins of words do not interest you, I would consider that a reason not to buy this text, simply because there are so many translations. I do like the abundant translations, as I find that they enrich the text. I was just reading in Luke, and it's fascinating (for example) to see how many words this physician uses that are medical in nature.
The cross-referencing is invaluable. The only thing I can think of that rivals it is computer software that allows you to search scripture. The cross-referencing has the advantage of not being merely a word-search but instead referencing similar themes and concepts.
Overall: I would certainly buy this again for myself. I would recommend it to people who are interested in nitpicking (in a good way!) scripture. It's not for the impatient reader or for the reader who would prefer just a statement of facts (as much as a statement of facts can exist, unclouded by opinion). It's not an easy read, and it's not a Bible I would recommend to someone who's beginning Biblical study (something like the HarperCollins NRSV might be better for the individual who's just setting out on Biblical analysis; the footnotes, for one thing, are far less daunting).
One final note, something others have commented on: BUY THE LARGE PRINT EDITION! Being 25, I assumed that the large print version was meant for the farsighted and older individuals. Luckily, I purchased this in a store, where I could compare the large and regular print. The regular print version is tiny, tiny, tiny, and the lines are very close together. You don't lose anything by switching type sizes; both Bibles contain exactly the same amount of information. The only thing you risk losing with the regular print is your sight.
This is a Bible that will present loads of information; some may feel overloaded. You also have to be ready to deal with commentary and interpretation that may not coincide with what you've been taught or have come to believe yourself. However, I repeat that this quality can be a plus, in that it forces you to be analytical about not only Deke's opinions but your own as well. I give this four instead of five stars because I deducted a star for its potential inaccessibility to some audiences and the fact that it could be downright confusing for those not prepared to deal with interpretive commentary.
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2009
I would not recommend this Bible to the novice. First get a good handle on solid Bible doctrine. Consult a good Bible Dictionary and other study Bibles and Bible aids and doctrinal books. Then you will notice how many of the notes in this Bible are wrong and heretical. I expected some of that (e.g. the millennialism and dispensationalism, which I disagree with). What I didn't expect were Dake's teaching that God has a physical body (Mormon's believe this!)--see notes on John 4:24 and Col 1:15. In other words, he takes what has been traditionally regarded as anthromorphisms literally! In the same vein he teaches that Satan could not have entered Judas because Satan has a spirit body--see note on Luke 22:13. He teaches that Jesus' sonship cannot refer to His diety and that Jesus was not the only begotten Son from eternity because "today" can only pertain to human time--see note on Acts 13:33. Dake says in the Preface that he rejects all personal theories, but then right from the start gives us what is known as the Gap Theory in the Genesis creation account. The Gap Theory has been soundly refuted (see "Old Earth Creationism On Trial" by Chaffey and Lisle, pp. 165ff., or "The New Answers Book" by Ken Ham, pp. 47ff., which specifically mentions Dake and Scofield). Since only God controls the forces of nature, like wind and waves (Psalm 104:4; 148:8), one would logically assume that Jesus' miracles were told to give historical evidence of His deity (Matthew 8:27; John 20:30-31; Col 2:9; 2 Peter 1:16). Not so, says Dake. Dake claims, contrary to John 10:17-18, that Jesus "claimed no power in Himself, but always attributed what He did to the Holy Spirit upon Him"--see note on Mark 7:48. Examples of faulty opinions like this abound. Dake's unorthodox ideas about God (tritheism) and salvation (not exactly a justification by grace through faith alone theology) causes me to downgrade my original rating from a three star to a one star. If you want to know the thinking that goes into formulating doctrines (including false doctrines or heresies) or if you like to be challenged to think and to defend beliefs about which you may have become complacent, then this Bible certainly gives you that.
On the plus side, amidst the error, there is a wealth of information and lists. Dake gives the reader much to think about. Unfortunately, I have trouble trusting his information because when someone I know is wrong in certain areas, it effects how willingly and without hesitation I can accept other things that person may say. The four column format and correlation of notes (arranged alphabetically and not by verse numbers) is cumbersome and takes some getting used to. The print is very tiny. This will definitely be a Bible that I will use to challenge my thinking.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2000
Dake is not right about everything, he's human like me, you and John Wesley. But he claims to have spent 100,000 hours studying God's Word, so he is certainly a Bible EXPERT! Expect to have your mind blown, time and time again, by his commentary, (notice, I didn't say His commentary). I'd also be reading God's Plan For Man by Dake, along with your Dake Bible. A lot of those questions you've had will be answered, I guarantee it. You won't agree with him always, but it'll be a blast conversing with Dake, Finney, Wesley, Sojourner Truth and all the rest of the saints during the Millenium and beyond!
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2006
I make it a goal of mines to read the whole Bible yearly. To make things interesting, I use different translations every year. I find that the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV is pressed down, shaken together, and running over with information that no other Bible has. It is a manna fest! Often times I get so full of reading and studying the Dake as well as the Amplified Bible that it is my meditation all the day and night. You will find gold nuggets everywhere; words and sentences that you will take for granted; the Dake Bible will define and amplify it. I often find myself in shock! Your biblical knowledge will grow leaps and bounds if you properly read and study the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom, knowledge,and revelation of His WORD and to deposit every WORD into all of your facilties; your very being and He will store his sweet, aged wine inside of you.
I highly recommend the Dake's and consider it a must read to all Bible Students.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2004
This Bible has an incredible amount of information in it and if you are serious about studying the Bible this is a must. That being said, you need to make sure you are well grounded in scripture because his views may be questionable at times. Furthermore, unless you have great eyesight, BUY THE LARGE PRINT EDITION. Even the large print is only 10 point, the regular print is very very small on the notes and at 40, my eyes couldn't read it without straining. If anyone from DAKE ever reads this, you need to print a tabbed version. Great Bible for the advanced student.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2005
Yes, as a previous reviewer has noted, Dake has some of the worst notes one could imagine. But, if someone were going to throw me out on a desert island or into prison and I was only allowed to take one book with me, the DAKE BIBLE would be the one. Sure the man had some crackpot ideas; so did Luther. So did Calvin. So do I! But as long as you're not using the Dake as sole source for your studies, it can be extremely useful. The primary danger with any study Bible, of course, is that the notes become oracular. I have met plenty of people who either consciously or subconsciously accept the notes in the margins of ANY study Bible (Scofield, Ryrie, Arthur, Pilgrim, Zodhiates, etc.) as equally authoritative with the text. But, again--if I were only allowed to have one book, the Dake Bible would be that one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2013
I do NOT agree with many (most?) doctrines Finis J. Dake taught in his "Dake's Annotated Reference Bible," just as I do not agree with everything taught in the notes of other similar bibles, such as Scofield, Ryrie, MacArthur, Criswell, Harper, Lindsell, Thompson's, the Master Study Bible, the KJV Study Bible or even Bullinger's Companion Bible. Nonetheless, the THOUSANDS of notes, observations, and cross references in Dake's are often illuminating, thought-provoking, and help the Bible student understand the text. He numbers and lists nearly EVERYTHING, which can be interesting and at times enlightening, but are sometimes distracting and unnecessary. Many of his notes are brilliant; others are outright FALSE DOCTRINE! He is especially good at disproving the unprovable theory of evolution. This, alone is almost worth the cost of the book!
Unfortunately, most professing Christians are spiritually lazy and would rather be "spoon-fed," by others rather than ferreting out the Truths from God's Word for themselves. One must be acutely aware WHO and WHAT is being "spoon-fed" to them--IS it TRUTH, or a mixture of truth and ERROR? This poisonous mixture of truth and error is what Satan has been using to deceive mankind from the beginning and we can see the FRUITS of this today.
The redeeming feature of Dake's Bible is his rule: "Take the Bible LITERALLY where it is at all possible: if symbolic, figurative or typical language is used, then look for the LITERAL TRUTH it intends to convey." This is a very sound slogan and should be diligently followed.
Unfortunately, Mr. Dake does not always follow his own rule. For example, he is often guilty of sometimes wresting the Scripture (Ps. 56:5; 2 Pet. 3:16) concerning God's Law, Sabbath, Holy Days, etc., when they do not meet his previously conceived beliefs. E.g., He replaces God's Plan for Man as revealed through His Sabbath and Holy Days with his own dispensational "Plan of the Ages" chart. This can be misleading, confusing and outright dangerous, to those new in their Christian walk. He pushes antinomianism, tritheism, dispensationalism, immortality of the soul, Sunday observance, and rapture, to the extreme, along with many other traditionally accepted beliefs of common churchianity. If you are soundly grounded in the Scriptures you can even learn from his errors by scripturally refuting them, but you should earnestly pray that you will not be deceived by many of his personal opinions.
CAUTION is strongly advised when using ANY of the above-mentioned study bibles! WHY? Because we are not to ADD nor DIMINISH anything from God's Word (Read for yourself: Dt. 4:2; 12:32; Pr. 30;6; and Re. 22:18-19)!
When Dake is RIGHT, he is REALLY right, and conversely, when he is wrong, he is REALLY WRONG!!
NOT recommended for neophytes or those who are not THOROUGHLY GROUNDED in the Scriptures (2 Jn. 10)!
My recommendation is this: CHEW THE MEAT, SPIT OUT THE BONES! Ω
Lloyd W. Cary