I have been using this version for the last three weeks as I do my daily prayers and devotions, and also for sermon preparation. I was already familiar with the Common English Bible format and language. I am truly appreciating what biographical information can be gleaned about all of the different women in the Bible. I appreciate the frank non-judgmental discussions included about sex and sexual norms I have been reading. Even when my daily studies have not led me to a woman's story, the women's stories are easily identified by the formatting and I find myself wandering a bit further afield in the text daily than I would ordinarily wander. The discussion starters have already provided at least one sermon point over these last weeks.
This Common English Women's Bible has already become a staple for me in the tetris-like stack of Bibles I use to contrast and compare ideas and words. I know I will continue to enjoy the perspectives of the women who contributed and edited as I use it in my own daily devotional reading and study. It is so refreshing to "hear" these discussion starters and biographies from a woman's point of view.
Here are the specifics on the CEB Women's Bible:
- All 80 contributors are women
- Each book of the Bible has its own introduction.
- Reflections—writings that can be used in personal devotions or as conversation starters—accompany nearly every chapter of the Bible.
- Sidebar articles explore more than two hundred themes of particular relevance to women’s experiences in relationship with scripture.
- Character sketches of more than one hundred named and unnamed women in the Bible are scattered throughout the text.
- Every woman in the Bible—named and unnamed—is indexed.