Synopsis of the Books of the Bible
by John Nelson Darby
John Nelson Darby (b. 18 Nov 1800, d. 29 Apr 1882) was an Anglo-Irish evangelist and author. He was a founder and prominent member of the Evangelical Christian Plymouth Brethren. He also published The Darby Bible.
Darby is considered the father of Dispensationalism, an evangelical theology which divides history into periods with evolving divine covenants. Many of Darby's successors also believe that the final dispensation has yet to occur (and may shortly), which will involve the rapture into heaven of believers prior to the 'tribulations.' Along with The Scofield Bible Commentary, Darby's Bible commentary had much influence on the evangelical movement during the 19th and 20th century.