Reverend Finis Jennings Dake was born in Iberia, Missouri, in 1902 - just four years before the famous Azuza Street Revival which became the foundation for modern Pentecostalism. He was the eighth of eleven children. Throughout his eighty-four years he pastored several churches, started a Bible school, and held numerous evangelistic meetings and lectures. His God-given ability to quote Scripture flawlessly without memorizing it earned him a reputation as the “Walking Bible.” He hosted a radio broadcast twice daily for thirteen years, answering any Scriptural question posed to him. In the midst of all this activity (which included over 100,000 hours of intensive Bible study), Dake raised a family with his wife, Dorothy, and wrote several books, as well as the huge volume of commentary notes in The Dake Annotated Reference Bible.
The New Testament portion of the Dake Bible (which included Psalms, Proverbs, and the book of Daniel) was first published in 1961. The complete Dake Bible became available in 1963.
The purpose of Finis Jennings Dake in producing this landmark work was to provide in one volume the helps a student of the Bible needs from many books such as Bible commentaries, atlases, dictionaries, concordances, theological and doctrinal works, prophetic as well as original language studies.
Throughout his writings, Dake was consistent in his interpretation. He took the Bible literally, especially in cases where statements of fact or history were concerned. If symbolic, figurative, or typical language was used, then he looked for the literal truth intended.
Dake was Pentecostal in terms of his spiritual experience and beliefs, and The Dake Annotated Reference Bible has been dubbed "The Pentecostal Study Bible." While such a label accurately assesses Dake's position when dealing with relevant portions of Scripture, it is also somewhat limiting. Dake's true passion was providing a dispensationally systematic perspective on biblical prophecy.