The Woman's Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, the Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
I've made it no secret that the NKJV Study Bibles are my favorites. The fact that this Woman's Study Bible is gorgeously designed with women in mind gives it a more special feel. I know it doesn't(or shouldn't) take anything fancy to get us in God's Word. His Word is sufficient. It sure does help to have a fabulous, beautiful Bible, though. I have the imitation leather covered one, and it looks simply elegant. It's two-toned brown, with flowers engraved on the darker brown. There's also the option to get a hardcover or a cloth covered one. Inside, the features are fully colored.
The writing is large. (I've also made it no secret how I detest tiny writing.) Aside from the normal features within a study Bible(footnotes, historical tie-ins, maps, authors/dates/background information on books, etc), there are also several features with women specifically in mind. There are quotes throughout from other women. At first I was a little bothered by the fact that the words of women were put right in between God's Word. These quotes seem to have been chosen to go along with the specific verses they are put beside, though, and that does have its appeal. There are also features about women of the Bible, both good and bad, well known and not so well known, like Rachel, Dinah, Gomer, and Drusilla.
In John, we get a feature on "The Samaritan Woman". We're given a bit of background, showing us 3 ways Jesus broke the social rules by talking to her in the first place, and how much more special that made His forgiveness for her. There are also features about things women commonly deal with(in one way or another) like prayer, husbands, abortion, widowhood, the loss of a child, and even birth control.
This Bible is wonderfully done! If you want a plain and simple Bible, with no extras(and sometimes I do want just that), this isn't the one for you. Otherwise, I can't imagine any woman would be disappointed in it. I'm thrilled with it. It's perfectly lovely.
*As I always say, don't ever take the extras/features as facts. The features are written by imperfect humans. God's Word is all that matters and it IS perfect, all on its own. I have greatly enjoyed and appreciated the extra study helps, though, just like I appreciate teachers and preachers guiding me through God's Word. (I don't always have to agree for a message to be beneficial).
**I was given a free copy of this Bible.