The Dake Annotated Reference Bible KJV

The Dake Annotated Reference Bible KJV

For over 50 years, the Dake Annotated Reference Bible has set the standard for study bibles.

The Dake Annotated Reference Bible KJV
or over 50 years, the Dake Annotated Reference Bible has set the standard for study bible.

The Good

The Dake Annotated Reference Bible is in a league of its own when it comes to study notes. This Bible may possible contain more study notes then any of the Bibles that I own. I keep finding myself getting lost in the topical notes found throughout. While most study Bibles explain verses and their contexts; The Dake Annotated Reference Bible also adds topical notes and discussions that the reader may not typically observe unless otherwise pointed out. The quality is superb and has left me very impressed with both the bonded leather and the paper itself. This Bible has both a durable yet sleek feel to it. It also contains one of the largest and in dept concordance and cyclopedic index that I have ever seen in a Bible.

The Bad

Finis Dake does not take a conservative approach regarding his opinions in this study Bible. While many aspects of this Bible are truly awesome, If you do not hold to the Pentecostal beliefs you can find yourself feeling a bit alienated. There are several detailed charts located at the back of this Bible however, they are so small that they almost seem unreadable. While the craftsmanship of this Bible is top notch, the single ribbon leaves much to be desired. It has a flimsy feel to it and could be a little bit longer.

Final Thoughts

I share a love hate relationship with this Bible. It really has the power to open the readers eyes to topics in the Bible that you probably have never even though of before. Yet at the same time, the strong Pentecostal influence it bears can make one feel like an outsider if you don’t hold to those beliefs. While I found myself reading this Bible I sometimes felt like one who is just doing a little window shopping. Studying out the things I loved about it (and there is a lot) but shying away from biases and opinions. If you do hold to the Pentecostal view, then this is the perfect Bible for you!


  • King James Version
  • New layout with 2 columns for Bible text and 3 columns for study notes
  • New Full-color maps
  • Complete Concordance
  • Updated commentary notes to reflect the modern language of the NKJV
  • Symbols marking prophetic passages
  • Symbols marking promises, commands and messages from God
  • Bible character studies
  • Summaries of each book of the Old and New Testaments
  • Greek and Hebrew word studies
  • Bible dictionary
  • Handbook of Bible topics
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Complete Bible outlines
  • Plan of the Ages Chart
  • 8.5-point Bible and commentary text size
  • 9.50″ X 7.50″ x 1.75″

Product Information

  • Format: Bonded Leather
  • Number of Pages: 2384
  • Vendor: Dake Bible Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Dimensions: 9.50 X 7.50 X 2.00 (inches)
  • ISBN: 1558291792
  • ISBN-13: 9781558291799
  • Text Layout: Double Column
  • Text Color: Red Letter
  • Text Size: 8 Point
  • Note Size: 8 Point
  • Thumb Index: No
  • Ribbon Marker: Yes
  • Spine: Sewn
  • Page Gilding: Gold

The Dake Annotated Reference Bible KJV
or over 50 years, the Dake Annotated Reference Bible has set the standard for study bible.

I was provided this Dake Annotated Reference Bible KJV for free from the Dake Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

8 Total Score

A Bible with a strong Pentecostal view.

  • Over abundance of study notes
  • Many study notes based on topics of the scriptures
  • Great quality materials and durability
  • Strong opinions by the commentator
  • Difficult for casual reading
  • Very small Charts
User Rating: 2.67 (3 votes)
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