Because it’s impossible to “review” the entire Bible, I’m going to focus on one book (Judges) and the commentary and facets that are unique to this study Bible.
I was, quite honestly, blown away by both how beautiful and how useful the commentary is. At the beginning of each chapter, it gives a full explanation of the book, such as a short biography of the writer, speculation on when the book was written, the background, purpose, audience, and literary characteristics of the prose. It also provides an outline of the book.
Inside the book, there are charts, graphs, character profiles, and devotions on topics the chapter/verse is based on that apply Scripture to daily life. For example, because this is a women’s study Bible, the authors take special care to provide biographies of nearly every notable woman in scripture – In Judges, Deborah & Delilah. The all-color floral interior brings a sweet beauty and elegance to the pages.
Something else I love is the quotes intertwined in the chapters – though distinctively set apart from the verse in blue lettering. In Judges, one of these quotes is “What if I am a woman? Is not the God of ancient times the God of these modern days? Did He not raise up Deborah, to be a mother, and a judge in Israel? Did not Queen Esther save the lives of the Jews?” –Maria W Stewart, 1835. She stated this during what must have been a statement in support of the first wave of feminism (though it officially began at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848).
The insight this Bible brings is invaluable and I find myself growing in my knowledge of Scripture and its history. I highly recommend it.
*I received a free copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review*