4.0 out of 5 stars
DISCLAIMER, April 25 2013
I do NOT agree with many (most?) things Finis J. Dake taught in "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, but I find the THOUSANDS of notes, observations, and cross references in Dake's to be at times illuminating, and certainly thought-provoking. He counts EVERYTHING, which can be enlightening, but sometimes breaks down and enumerates many things to the point of being redundant and ridiculous. Many of his notes are brilliant; others are outright BLASPHEMOUS!
CAUTION is strongly advised when using ANY of these 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)!
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-feed" to them -- IS it TRUTH, or a mixture of truth and ERROR? This poisonous mixture is what Satan has been feeding mankind from the beginning and we can see the FRUITS of this today.
The redeeming feature of Dakes'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, but, unfortunately, Mr. Dake does not always follow his own admonition. For example he frequently wrests the Scripture concerning God's Law, Sabbath, Holy Days, etc., when they do not meet his previously conceived beliefs. This can be VERY dangerous and confusing to those new in their Christian walk.
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 advice is this: CHEW THE MEAT, SPIT OUT THE BONES! ^0^
Lloyd W. Cary