Confession-I have more Bibles than I have pairs of shoes. And I have a lot of shoes.
Not like a shoe hoarder or anything, but I do seem to have a growing collection of black shoes. I’m always on the look out for the perfect pair, not too boring, not too trendy, not too high, and definitely not too expensive. You would think by now I would have figured out there is no perfect pair of black shoes. Yet, my hope goes on.
Meanwhile, I gave up the hunt for the perfect study Bible a long time ago. That being said, I am always happy to discover one that has a lot of what I value and sets it apart from the, uh, multiple study Bibles I already own. And that, my friends, is what I have for you today. In fact, I am really excited about this Bible. Ashley may have scored the She Reads Truth Bible, but I’m keeping this one!
The CSB Study Bible for Women delivers a lot of what I want and not a lot of what I don’t want in a study Bible. Confession #2-I’m having a hard time with this review because I don’t want it to bore you to tears with a list of features and explanations. But the list of features in this Bible is pretty impressive, so here we go.
While this is a study Bible, it is a study Bible for women. In fact, in the introduction it states “The Study Bible for Women, together with the Old and New Testament volumes of the Women’s Evangelical Commentary, completes a trilogy of unique tools for unlocking the riches of the Holy Scriptures. These three volumes, without apology, are prepared primarily for women to use in personal study and preparation for teaching.” In other words, this is not your One Minute Devotional Bible. This is what sets it apart from some of the women’s Bibles I’ve looked at, and why I made room for it on my shelf.
After the introduction, the first feature is an article on how to study the Bible. It is just a few pages, yet it is a lot of information, and while it had helpful guidelines, cumbersome is the word that came to my mind, so persevere if you find it a little heavy. Another article follows, on the Christian life, then the standard explanation of the Bible text. If you want my thoughts on the translation, you can read about it here.
In the back of the Bible, (which I think is a little weird, shouldn’t it be in the front?) is a guide to all the features you will find throughout this Bible. Each book has an introduction featuring the usual who wrote it/who it was to/when was it written type of information. They include a brief timeline of events which I always love because I am chronologically challenged, and a special note on why women should read that particular book. I will say that this last feature is often pretty applicable to both genders but it is sometimes helpful.
Sidebar articles called “Threads” are found throughout each book, such as “Hard Questions” which is a brief answer those questions that come up like “does the Bible condone slavery?” or “Does Paul hate women?”(short answer, no.) My favorite? Word studies, which I particularly like since it is the CSB translation. There are lots of character profiles of women in the scriptures, a thread on key doctrines and articles on biblical womanhood. Also in back is a good index to help you look up any of threads by topic, as well as a concordance.
Nerd alert: I really liked that they included full color maps in the body of the text like Paul’s voyage to Rome right on the next page when I’m reading about Paul’s voyage to Rome. There are maps in the back, too, and there are lots of helpful charts throughout as well. One down side for me-no cross references, not a deal breaker but a bummer.
They are pretty generous with the study notes on the bottom of each page, and all of this together make for a hefty resource, which includes two ribbon markers. I found the notes helpful and not as woman-centric as I feared they might be. The scriptures application to women is important, but not primary, and they do a good job blending the general explanations with the women’s application.
There are enough unique resources in the CSB Study Bible for Women to make it worth adding to your shelf.
Read well, friends!
The CSB Study Bible for Women (Imitation Leather)
The CSB Study Bible for Women (Hardcover)
Holman Bible Publisher, 2018
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