At this point in the publication of study Bibles, there are two points to take into consideration: 1) There is an absolute proliferation of study Bibles that have hit the market in recent years. Virtually every Bible publisher has produced one or more varieties. (I have eight on my desk at the moment.) 2) With the publication of the Christian Standard Bible in 2017, Holman Bible Publishers have flooded the market with a variety of specialty study Bibles in an effort to promote the new translation. Case in point – The Apologetics Study Bible, the CSB Study Bible, the Spurgeon Study Bible and now The Study Bible for Women.
The latter is the subject of this review. There is good and not-so-good about this Bible. The good is that the Bible is definitely aimed toward women. In the introduction to each book is a section entitled “Why should women read ______. This is a definite plus, encouraging every woman to read every book of the Bible. It is also worth noting that this is a revised and updated version of The Study Bible for Women: NKJV.
Content wise this Bible has its good and bad features. Most importantly, there is an acceptable amount of doctrinal articles, emphasizing the importance for women to learn what they believe. Also, on a positive note, it was edited by two women: Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley. The many articles focus primarily on attracting women to the Scripture although some seem haphazardly placed.
Structurally it comes with two ribbon markers – quite useful. The Bible text is of a large enough size to be readable (8 pt. type). Unfortunately, all the introductions and articles except for two in the introductory material have a reduced font that is difficult to read.
The bottom line is that this Bible is quite adequate for its intended audience. However, when compared with The Woman’s Study Bible published in late 2017 by Thomas Nelson, it is one step below. (See my review here.)
Disclaimer: This Bible was provided to me by Holman Bible Publishers for a fair and honest review.