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Module type: Commentary
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—Pastor John Waterloo
The Annotated Bible, by Arno Clemens Gaebelein (1861-1945), is a "passage by passage" commentary on the whole Bible. It was originally published in nine volumes from 1913 to 1922. SwordSearcher contains the complete Gaebelein commentary.
Gaebelein taught the Bible always with an eye towards prophecy, and his commentary bears this out. His analysis and exposition were so well-regarded in his time that C.I. Scofield enlisted Gaebelein's help in providing the basis for prophetic material in his Reference Bible, and Gaebelein's writings will be found in many other well-known commentaries such as Harry Ironside's Matthew.
Gaebelein was a careful teacher of prophecy. As World War I unfolded around him, many Christians of the time believe they were experiencing Armageddon. Gaebelein cautioned believers against this view, having an understanding of Israel's place in prophecy that had not yet been fulfilled. His prudence against "date setting" and other reckless prophetic teaching makes his studies in Scripture worthy of attention today. Gaebelein taught that the Bible foretold the return of Israel to their promised land, but died before being able to witness those events take place.
The Annotated Bible commentary takes a stand against higher criticism that seeks to strip the Bible of its prophetic authority and addresses historical and doctrinal issues. The reader will find aid in the passage divisions offered by Gaebelein as well as his book introductions, which address internal and external testimonies of the authorship of the books of the Bible.
As with all material in SwordSearcher, the Gaebelein commentary can be instantly searched for words, phrases, or verse reference.