The CSB Study Bible for Women Review

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Description:

The most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women, the CSB Study Bible for Women invites you to explore the riches of God’s Word. Follow God’s grand story across the Bible, guided by threads of specialized study that explain essential doctrines, answer hard questions, discuss biblical womanhood, and apply truth to our hearts and lives.

The CSB Study Bible for Women is edited by Dr. Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Dr. Rhonda Harrington Kelley, both long-time women’s ministry leaders, authors and seminary professors at two of the nation’s most respected seminaries. As you learn from these women extensively educated in Biblical studies and languages and passionate about God’s Word, you will be equipped in turn to mentor others in the truth and hope found in Scripture.

Features include:

  • 6,490 extensive study notes
  • Over 500 word studies, 25 full-color maps and reconstructions, and 95 charts
  • Introductions to each book of the Bible
  • A comprehensive concordance including every woman and reference to women in the Bible
  • Threads of specialized study woven throughout, pointing to God’s larger story:
    • Biblical Womanhood articles
    • Answers to “Hard Questions”
    • Character profiles
    • Doctrinal notes
    • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Two-column text in 9.25-point type

The CSB Study Bible for Women features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

My Thoughts:

To sum it up simply….I LOVE this Bible!! Bibles can be difficult to review as they consist of many elements so I am going to break it down a bit…

Appearance:

The cover of the Bible is probably the only thing I don’t love about this Bible. It’s a bit too plain for my taste. It has a mint green (which I love) and cream cover with the words  “The Study Bible for Women” printed near the spine. I was a little disappointed when I received it as the picture shows the floral design but that is a removable paper dustjacket and when removed, the Bible is plain. Some people would really like this but I enjoy a bit more color and design.

One thing I love about Holman Bibles is that they tend to include 2 ribbon bookmarks. This Bible has a green and tan bookmark. Having 2 bookmarks is extremely helpful.

The artwork in this Bible is gorgeous. I love the color scheme of mint green, peach, pink, and yellow that is very trendy right now. Each title page for the books of the Bible are decorated with a beautiful floral design and a very nice font.

This Bible is perfect for me as I am a very visual person and it is very colorful. The maps are full color and all of the special features are also very colorful and adorned with pretty artwork.

Content: 

With all the beauty of the Bible, the content is always the most important part. This Bible is packed with great, relevant content that is geared towards women and issues of today.

Each page has footnotes with commentary for many verses in the Bible. I use the commentary of study Bibles the most as I love to read extra insight on the verses.

There is a special feature called “word study” that discusses a word (for example: “forgive”) and then explains the word further and in the context of the time and verse.

Another special feature is called Doctrine, in which different topics are discussed (divorce, the Holy Spirit in Old Testament, Sin and Forgiveness). There is an index in the back with each topic of Doctrine and where to find it in the Bible.

There is a section throughout the Bible called Biblical Womanhood that describes an issue that affects women (sanctity of life, sexual purity, inner beauty). There is a very helpful index in the back of the Bible that lists all of the places these sections are found based on the topics.

One of my favorite special features in this Bible are the Hard Questions. These are scattered throughout and pose a question that is controversial or difficult and gives a Biblical answer. There is also a great index with the hard question topics in the back of the Bible. Examples of topics for hard questions are abortion, racism, war, homosexuality, and infertility.

One thing that sets this Bible apart from typical study Bibles are the Character profiles…these highlight the women of the Bible and show us what we can learn from them. Again, there is a great index in the back with all of the Character profiles listed.

At the end of each book, there is a feature called, “Written on my Heart”, in which the story can be applied to the reader’s life.

This Bible also contains many charts (with an index in the back) and maps as well as a concordance that includes all the women in the Bible.

I also want to mention that the Christian Standard translation of the Bible is my favorite. It is very accessible and easy to read but is also highly reliable.

I own many Bibles but this is by far one of my favorites. I will treasure it throughout my life.

My Rating:

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I received this Bible from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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