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Why An ESV Women’s Devotional Bible?

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Why a women’s devotional Bible?

A note from Erika Allen, managing editor of the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible.

Several years ago, when this project was in the earliest stages, a couple things stood out as we were researching what was currently available for women in terms of devotional material and Bible study helps. The most important was just how little Bible-based, gospel-driven material, written specifically for women, was out there. Much of the devotional material available was only loosely tied to Scripture, if at all. And quite often the projects included only excerpts taken from preexisting works.

With this in mind, we have sought to set a new standard of excellence in devotional Bibles. Contributors were instructed that all material must be 1.) based explicitly on the text of Scripture and 2.) created specifically for the Women’s Devotional Bible. The goal is that after reading all the devotionals for a particular book of the Bible, the reader will have a good grasp of the overall message of that book and its place in the history of salvation. In order to help accomplish this, we chose which passages contributors should focus on based which passages most clearly cover the key themes of each Bible book.

The purpose of the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible, then, is to nurture women in their relationship with the Lord by encouraging daily, prayerful Bible study and by deepening their understanding of the Bible through theologically rich content that inspires practical application of Scripture to every aspect of life.

The question naturally arose concerning how the project would be targeted to women, specifically, and to what extent the Women’s Devotional Bible would focus on the issues of biblical womanhood and gender distinctiveness. Since many of the contributors are women, the project will, in a sense, be inherently accessible to women. Features such as articles and character profiles will be clearly geared toward women, as will the Bible’s design. That said, the primary goal of the devotionals should always be to explain the text and show how it can be applied in any believer’s life. In those passages where there is direct and clear application for women in particular, that should be highlighted and expounded on. However, we would never want to force this on every passage. The most important thing should always be a clear exposition of Scripture.

 

ESV Women’s Devotional Bible – Available August 2014

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June 12, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,News | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:56 am | (6) Comments »

6 Comments »

  1. I am a book/Bible reviewer. Is it possible to get a physical copy of this Bible to review? Would be hard to review a kindle version but would love to get a physical Bible that I could review on my blog. Thank you!

    Comment by Debi Martin — June 12, 2014 @ 10:16 am

  2. Why?

    $$$$$$$

    That’s why. The Bible is not for any single gender or race. It is for all sinners.

    Another Christian defended tragedy in the name of making the almighty dollar.

    Comment by Jeff Danleoni — June 13, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

  3. Seriously? You deleted my comment because I am critical of slicing and dicing the Bible up to suit a particular gender?

    More importantly, What would Jesus say to dividing the Word of God?

    So sad to see another Christian publisher divide the body of Christ by gender.

    Comment by Jeff Danleoni — June 13, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

  4. Jeff – Thank you for expressing your concerns. We actually didn’t delete your comment and are glad to have it listed. We had not yet approved the comment as it was submitted at the end of our work day on Friday and, with limited staff, were unable to respond until this morning. Although not addressing every possible angle, this post does address some of your concerns (e.g. the concern of forcing the Bible to fit “any single gender or race”): “the primary goal of the devotionals should always be to explain the text and show how it can be applied in any believer’s life. In those passages where there is direct and clear application for women in particular, that should be highlighted and expounded on. However, we would never want to force this on every passage. The most important thing should always be a clear exposition of Scripture.”

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — June 16, 2014 @ 8:49 am

  5. I am actually saddened that Crossway is saturating the market with niche-Bibles. I was hoping they would go a different direction. It makes me upset to see MacArthur’s name, Key Word, Devotional, Literary, Reformed, etc. Why not just the ESV Study Bible and basic text formats?? I just don’t get it, and it seems that Crossway is doing the same thing as many of the other Bible publishers. Plus, how many Children’s Bibles are needed, really, in one version?? The Children’s Bible, Grow-with-Me Bible, Seek and Find, Holy Bible for Kids?? What message are we sending?

    Comment by Cassie Hale — August 8, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

  6. I received my ESV Women’s Devotional Bible in the mail this week and I LOVE it!! Although I have another ESV Bible (I don’t have an ESV study Bible yet) that I carry to church, this one will be primarily used during my study time at home. I’m looking forward to reading the devotionals that correspond with each book.

    Comment by Lisa Call — August 27, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

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