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Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Acts to Philippians


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Darby’s synopsis on the middle books of the New Testament is devoted to the Holy Spirit, the events at Pentecost, and the work of the Spirit through apostolic authority. He also provides an introduction to the Epistles as a literary genre, noting that they connect the life of God with life on earth. His synopsis on Romans is especially thorough, because, he says, it aptly describes Christ’s presence on earth and the life of the Church.

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  • Title: Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Acts to Philippians
  • Author: John Darby
  • Publisher: Loizeaux Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1950
  • Pages: 531
John Nelson Darby

John Darby (1800–1882), an evangelist, was known as the father of dispensationalism. He attended Westminster School and Trinity College. Darby became a lawyer, but he practiced law for just one year because he thought it was incompatible with his religious beliefs. He was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England in 1825 and became a priest in 1826.

While a priest, Darby realized he disagreed with the Church of England’s rituals and ideas. He gathered like-minded individuals to form the movement later known as the Plymouth Brethren and left the Church of England in 1832. Darby influenced individuals such as C. I. Scofield and Charles Henry Mackintosh, whose writing contributed to the rise of fundamentalism in America.

Darby has authored several titles, including the 1890 Darby Bible, his Synopsis of the Books of the Bible (5 vols.), and several writings, letters, and notes included in The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby collection.


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