Well, Holman has got a surprise for you! Their, "Study Bible for Women" in the HCSB translation. It comes in this quality chocolate color, genuine cowhide leather, with thumb indexes. It was a very pleasant surprise to see some actual study aids as opposed to junk food. There is academic quality here. There are some notes on hermeneutics, theology, some original language notes and transliteration help. Most women's Bibles are pink and have a bunch of Osteen-esque, self help, self-esteem, feel good, prattle in them with little in the way of useful exegesis of scripture or how to apply it today. This study Bible has significant work in it from two established Christian women. Here are short biographies from Holman's site,
"Dorothy Kelley Patterson is Professor of Theology in Womens Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a homemaker, popular speaker, and successful writer, editor, and compiler of numerous books including A Handbook for Ministers Wives, The Family, BeAttitudes for Women, and Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses. She is co-editor of the two volume Womens Evangelical Commentary:Old Testament and New Testament. Her husband Paige is President of Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary."
"Rhonda Harrington Kelley is Presidents wife and Adjunct Professor of Womens Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a frequent speaker for women as well as an author of books including Divine Disciple, Life Lessons for Women of the Bible, and Personal Holiness: A Biblical Study for Developing a Holy Lifestyle. She is co-editor of the three volume Womens Evangelical Library including Womens Evangelical Commentary: Old Testament, New Testament, and The Study Bible for Women. Her husband Chuck Kelley is President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary."
There is some of the fluff, don't get me wrong. It is just kept in its proper place and proportion. I think that women should find this very helpful. However, I am not a woman and am just commenting because I want one like this for men.
Here is what the Publisher has to say about this Bible,
The Study Bible for Women will equip you to reach deep into Gods Word. Perhaps the single most powerful aspect of this Bible are the threads of specialized study thoughtfully woven throughout, pointing you to Gods larger story and allowing the Holy Spirit to write His revealed truths on your heart.
In The Study Bible for Women, youll join a host of other women, all academically trained in the original languages of the Bible and passionate about Gods Word, for an intimately deep dive into Scripture that will equip you to unlock the riches and majesty of His Word, and ignite a passion to mentor others in your life to do the same. The Study Bible for Women includes the full text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, a clear, contemporary English translation that's faithful to the original languages of the Bible.
Features include extensive commentary notes, word studies, answers to hard questions, doctrinal notes, Biblical womanhood articles, character profiles, Written on My Heart applications, extensive book introductions, presentation pages, in-text maps, charts & time-lines, full-color maps section and concordance."
The Bible was shipped in a cardboard box with paper packing material. The Bible was inside a two piece retail box. It arrived undamaged and in good condition. Inside the retail packaging it was wrapped in two pieces of black construction paper to keep it from getting bent corners. The genuine cowhide is a chocolate brown color with a soft texture. I can't stress enough that this is not some cheap synthetic leather, nor is it some hard, shiny, pigskin leather you would find on other Bibles in this price range. This is a soft and supple cowhide leather. The spine is hot stamped with, "HCSB" at the top, "The Study Bible for Women" orientated horizontally along the spine in the middle, and at the bottom is the Holman logo. The page edges are gilded gold. The Bible is thumb indexed with gold text on black for the Old Testament and gold text on Red for the New Testament. The pages are white with a faded blue color that becomes more solid as you approach the page edges and perimeter of the page. It kind of gives it an art gilded look of blue under gold. It might have been better to gild this with silver instead. However, the effect is minimal so as not to be unattractive. The paper is 30 g.s.m. making it pretty opaque. Lighter paper would not have been good. With this weight of paper you don't have much in the way of ghosting (seeing the text on the backside of the page show through) There are numerous decorative designs throughout. I don't know what your opinion is of that, but I could do without them. The font used for the main text is 10 point in ITC Clearface Standard. (Open-type) This makes it easy on they eyes unless you have bad eyesight. The coloring of the page perimeters could cut down on the contrast of the text to the paper. The paper could be a little brighter white where the text is, but then the perimeter effect would be lost. The text is laid out in a double column, paragraph format with the cross-references on the outside of the page instead of at the bottom or in a center column. Interspersed throughout are other features. The inside cover is made of vinyl of the same color and glued down. There is one ribbon marker and it is matching in color as well.
Even though this is a study Bible, I don't want you to be afraid that it is a behemoth. (funny right?) For a study Bible this thing is very manageable. It is just the right size for ladies who don't want to use a hand-truck to carry their study Bibles to Wednesday night Bible Study. I think it is a very good investment if you are looking for a women's study Bible that has good content instead of the motivational junk you get pushed on you nowadays.
i had gotten familiar with the Holman Bible with a genteman in my Sunday School class. its so rivh in bible facts, info about people in the Bible. the most important thing i like about it is it teaches the Lords prayer the way i was i was taught at my home church. The perfect prayer Jesus taught his disciples. ive enjoyed using ,y new Bible and the cover is gorgeous! i recommend this Bible to anyone!
What I love about this Bible are all the extra tidbits of Bible trivia inside. I am a new fan of inductive Bible study and it's nice to have a different version on hand for some studying and the timelines and extras are helpful. The cover, though very pretty, feels quite cheap. But no matter, I still would recommend it to others and find it's a better size Bible to carry with me than the one I normally haul.
I am writing this review under my husband's review nickname; he wishes that a similar HCSB Study Bible was made for men. Where do I start; there are so many good things to say about this wonderful and beautifully designed bible for women. Aesthetically, this bible is beaufiful; from the soft cover to the artfully designed and easy to use interior format. The index tabs use different colors for the Old and New Testament books and make finding a passage much easier. The study notes are right along the side of the biblical text and clearly written. I wish the font of the study notes was slightly larger though. The Bullet Notes, at the back of the bible explain theological terms. Important Greek and Hebrew terms are explained in study notes, as well as short word study articles. The CSB translation is easy to understand and reads well. The maps are so well done that our 5 year old grandson was able to pick out geographical features.
I enjoy the character profiles of women in the bible. There are also articles that explain what it means to be a biblical woman. In addition to a concordance, there is an index which lists articles on "Hard Questions" and "Doctrine". I am thrilled with this study bible and would highly recommend it for women who are seeking the Lord as well as for those who are long time believers. The bible will provide a lifetime of resources for women who are seeking to grow in their relationship to Christ.