What Is the Fire Bible?
Fire Bible is the name for the international language editions of the *Full Life Study Bible, one of the few Pentecostal study Bibles in existence.
Often referred to as a one-book Pentecostal library, this study Bible contains 77 theme articles, a concordance, 45 maps and charts, introductions to each book of the Bible, and Pentecostal study notes.
On the left, the Fire Bible in Traditional Chinese.
The Full Life Study Bible was started in the early 1980s as an individual missionary project by the late missionary Don Stamps (1938-1991). While serving in Brazil, he recognized a great need among pastors and lay workers for a study Bible written from a Pentecostal perspective. Soon after the completion of the Pentecostal notes, Don went to be with the Lord following a struggle with cancer.
A short time later, Assemblies of God World Missions leaders saw the worldwide potential for this Pentecostal study Bible and asked Life Publishers to begin producing it in the major languages of the world.
The progression of the English Fire Bible is described below:
Full Life Study Bible – written for a serious study of the Word with the basic assumption that the reader had some biblical foundation / knowledge (out of print and no longer available except remaining stock)
Life in the Spirit Study Bible – an adaptation of the Full Life Study Bible by Zondervan for marketing reasons. Some slight edits were done and some materials was pulled from the Study Notes in to call out boxes but the content was basically the same. (Available with Zondervan’s imprint)
Fire Bible: Student Edition – re-edited with the student in mind, theological terms were more clearly explained, assumed that the reader would not have a very in depth knowledge of biblical principles and concepts. (Language Level - High School and College) (Carries the dual Hendrickson Publishers / Life Publishers Imprint)
Fire Bible: Global Study Edition – once again edited, key points were to reach a broader English reader audience(assumed some would be 2nd language readers), assumed that the reader would not have a very In depth knowledge of biblical principles and concepts, removed student specific content, edited for clarity and cultural neutrality. (Carries the dual Hendrickson Publishers / Life Publishers Imprint)
Fire Bible for Kids – This is a REAL Bible with REAL Study Helps targeted for children. It will be for about a 5th grade reading level. Articles and selected notes edited especially for children.
Today, pastors and lay workers in Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Russia and many other countries have access to this study Bible in their language.