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Beautiful and Informative ⇉ Review of The NIV Woman's Study Bible

Monday, March 19, 2018
The NIV Woman's Study Bible features helpful study information at the beginning of each book of the Bible to give readers context for understanding the book that they are studying. Within the books themselves include features such as quotes, articles, and study charts designed to speak to a woman's heart and give insights into godly womanhood. These features, as well as chapter headings, are provided in full color.


FEATURES


What kind of Bible is this?
This is a study Bible.

What kind of special content is in this Bible?
  • Introduction to each book: includes author background, date (it was written), historical background (setting, audience, purpose), literary characteristics, themes, and outline.
  • Commentary (provided in the footnotes)
  • Quotes by women, articles, study charts designed to expand the reader's understanding of the historical context and also to apply biblical concepts to life today.
  • Table of Weights and Measures
  • Index, Concordance, Maps

What Version is it?
New International Version (NIV)



MY THOUGHTS


My Reactions
What drew me to this Bible is how it is a study Bible designed for women. This is an attractive Bible that includes full-color floral illustrations and font that make it pleasing to read. It encourages me while reading in this study Bible. Furthermore, it provides commentary through study tools that have been created with women in mind. More focus is placed on the women that appear in the Bible and on the circumstances that shaped their life. The study tools also provide information that are relevant to our lives today and which provide parallels between our lives and the lives of woman in biblical times. For example, one article in Genesis provides information on cooking during the time of the patriarchs. This helped me to get a better idea of the domestic lives of the Israelites and relate it to my family’s cooking customs today.

What are you overall feelings towards this particular Bible? Is it easy to use?
This is a beautiful Bible that is easy to use and encourages me in my Bible reading. The study tools and commentary are relevant and strategically placed to illuminate biblical truths.

Are the study tools helpful and informative? Does the commentary convey Biblical truth?
I like how the study tools are targeted towards women. They provide a different insight into biblical truths compared to the ones found in other study Bibles and commentaries. This helps me to understand the Bible better from a woman's perspective.

Is the Bible durable?
I'm reading in the hardback edition of this Bible. The hardcover feels durable, but the pages are cheap and low quality. The imitation leather edition might have higher quality paper. If you're looking for a more affordable edition and don't mind the low paper quality, however, the hardback edition is priced more affordably.

Do you like the typeface and print in general?
The font for the biblical and is large and readable, but the font for the commentary is on the small side. That said, I know footnotes and articles inserted into a text are typically smaller, so it's not unexpected. I do love how the chapter headings are colored and in a different font. It's beautiful and encourages me while reading in this Bible.

Would you recommend this particular Bible to others?
I would recommend this particular Bible if you are looking for a Study Bible that is designed with women in mind. It provides especial focus on the women in the Bible and in drawing parallels between their lives and our lives today. I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for more critical commentary on the Bible or one that with a linguistics focus.



OTHER INFORMATION



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.



A copy was provided for review through BookLook.

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