Written by Rev. Finis Jennings Dake (1902-1987) and first published in 1963, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible is a monumental achievement, the product of over 100,000 hours of Bible study over 43 years. It includes over 35,000 notes and comments (more than any other study Bible), over 500,000 cross-references in the notes, summaries of interesting facts for each book, and thousands of references to Greek and Hebrew words. Throughout his writings, Rev. Dake was consistent in his interpretation. He took the Bible literally where at all possible, especially where statements of fact or history were concerned. If symbolic, figurative, or typical language was used, then he looked for the literal truth intended.