The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
- Beautiful full-color design throughout
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- Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
- Book introductions and outlines
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- Quotes from godly women throughout history
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About the Author
Dorothy Kelley Patterson serves as professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Patterson has authored a number of books and articles, including: Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses, The Handbook for Ministers’ Wives, The Family: Unchanging Principles for Changing Times and several others.
Rhonda Kelley is President’s wife and Adjunct Professor of Women’s 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 also the associate director for Innovative Evangelism, a local non-profit evangelical organization.
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The Woman's Study Bible
Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope and Transformation
By Dorothy Kelley Patterson
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The Old Testament
Genesis (Heb. Bere'shith, lit. "in the beginning") is the first book of the Pentateuch or Torah (a designation for the first five books of the Old Testament). The title "Genesis" was first used in the Septuagint (a Greek translation of the Old Testament).
Though Genesis has no explicit authorship statement, its inclusion in the Pentateuch suggests Mosaic authorship. Other books — Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — all assert Mosaic authorship (Ex. 17:14; 24:4-8; 34:27; Num. 33:1, 2; Deut. 31:9, 22). In the rest of the Old Testament, the Pentateuch is referred to collectively as "the Book of the Law of Moses" (Josh. 8:31; 2 Kin. 14:6; Neh. 13:1). The New Testament confirms this authorship (Matt. 19:8; Luke 24:27; John 5:45-47; Acts 3:22; Rom. 10:5; Rev. 15:3). The familiarity of the writer of Genesis with Egyptian geography (Gen. 45:10; 47:11) confirms that the author was well acquainted with Egyptian culture, as would have been Moses, who was reared in the household of Pharaoh. Some short sections of Genesis, such as the list of kings from the period of the Israelite monarchy, may have been added during the time of the divided kingdom (Gen. 36); in the same way, cities are often given the names they bore during the time of the monarchy rather than their patriarchal names. These scribal additions could well have been made in the process of copying manuscripts and do not affect the book's message other than to improve the clarity of Genesis for contemporary readers.
The book tells the story of mankind from creation to the death of Joseph. Dating the events which relate to the creation, the Flood, and the repopulation of the earth is impossible (Gen. 1-11), but the remainder of the book deals with the patriarchal age, which is roughly the same as the Middle Bronze Age (1950-1550 B.c.). The customs found in Genesis bear striking parallels to laws and customs recorded in other documents of the second millennium, most notably those found in tablets discovered at the Hurrian city of Nuzi in northeastern Mesopotamia.
The Pentateuch as a whole was written between the Exodus and the death of Moses (Deut. 34). The Exodus is variously dated, with 1445 B.c. as the earliest date. If this date is assumed, the death of Moses would fall around 1400 B.c. Genesis was thus produced sometime in the late fifteenth century B.c., several centuries after the patriarchs whose lives it describes.
The setting is vast in scope since the book opens with the creation of the universe and closes with the small but growing number of the descendants of Jacob, now identified as Israel, who settled in the choice land of the Nile delta of Egypt. In between, the action focuses on the entire Fertile Crescent from the universal flood (which ended on the mountains of Ararat) and the Tower of Babel (in the land of Shinar) to Abraham's journeys throughout Canaan.
Genesis answers the question, "Who are we, and where did we come from?" God as the only Creator presented Himself to a people about to enter a land filled with false idols. God confirmed His selection and sovereign preservation of this nation facing hardships in a new land. Most importantly, Genesis reveals that Israel was set apart by God from the very beginning of creation. This knowledge provided a motivation for Israel to remain free from the idolatry and paganism surrounding the nation.
The Israelites were about to enter Canaan. Since the older generation (except Joshua and Caleb) had died in the desert, no others were left with a personal memory of God's miraculous deliverance from the Egyptians. The young nation entering the Promised Land would be faced with an immense temptation to assimilate the idolatry, intermarriage, and customs of the pagan nations around them. This same temptation faces God's people in every generation; Genesis reveals that God's plan for setting apart His people stretches back to creation.
Genesis is a carefully structured book; its literary structure reinforces its explicit message. The first section, the story of creation (Gen. 1:1–2:3), is set up in two segments of three days each. The creative works of the first and the fourth days are parallel, since during the first day God created light and darkness, while on the fourth day He created the sun and moon to govern the periods of light and darkness. On the second day, the firmament divided the waters; on the fifth day, the inhabitants of the sky and water were created. The third day dry land and vegetation appeared; the sixth day land-dwellers were created to consume the vegetation. The structure emphasizes God's plan and control over all aspects of creation.
After the introductory section, the book is divided by the recurrent phrase "These are the generations" (Heb. toledoth). Each occurrence of this phrase marks a new stage in God's development of a chosen people. The story of mankind is presented as a whole (Gen. 2:4–4:26). After the judgment of mankind, the phrase appears repeatedly as a reminder that God chooses one man from each family (for example, Seth, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) to lead in preserving and carrying on the godly line. Also clear are the partnerships the patriarchs enjoyed with their wives — Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Rachel were part of God's plan as well. The passing of God's covenant promises from one generation to the next is emphasized by the parallel structure of the stories themselves. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all traveled to Egypt; all three endured tests followed by covenant renewals. Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel all suffered from barrenness, but each experienced God's grace in bearing children who would play a major role in the building of a nation.
The primary theme of Genesis is God's formation of the nation and His providential protection of a special people for Himself. The methods God used to call out and shape this nation form the minor themes of the book.
God's Sovereignty — God appears first as sovereign Creator and Ruler; His power over history and the actions of His people reappears throughout the book in His preservation of His chosen ones.
God's Covenant — God uses the "covenant" (Heb. berith) continually to separate one man from the rest of mankind. The first covenant is made with Adam in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:16, 17; see chart, The Covenants of Genesis). After the Fall, God continues to make covenants with each subsequent generation, selecting one man from each family to continue godly seed for the next generation. Covenants are made with Noah (Gen. 9:9), Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3), Isaac (Gen. 26:2-5), and Jacob (Gen. 28:13-15).
God's Redemption — The story of the formation of the chosen people is the story of redemption. The "seed of the woman," the godly line of those faithful to the Lord, will eventually crush the "seed of the serpent," the wicked who live in rebellion against God (Gen. 3:14, 15). This prophecy was ultimately fulfilled in the coming of Christ. Since Israel was God's chosen nation from whom the Messiah was to come, Israel's story reveals God's redemptive action in human history.
The Threat to God's Plan — The fourth theme of Genesis is the struggle of the serpent and his seed to destroy the chosen family. Sin, famine, war, and the threat of national assimilation into the surrounding Canaanite culture conspired to block the fulfillment of God's covenant promises. These threats are continually diverted by God's sovereign, preserving power.
I. Introduction: The Origins of the Heavens and the Earth (1:1 — 2:3)
A. The first day: light and darkness (1:1–5)
B. The second day: firmament (1:6–8)
C. The third day: seas and earth, vegetation (1:9–13)
D. The fourth day: sun, moon, and stars (1:14–19)
E. The fifth day: sea creatures and birds (1:20–23)
F. The sixth day: land animals and mankind (1:24–31)
G. The seventh day: God's rest (2:1–3)
II. The Generations of the Heavens and the Earth: The Entry of Man (2:4 — 4:26)
A. The placement of man in the garden (2:4–17)
B. The creation of woman (2:18–25)
C. The sin of the primal couple (3:1–7)
D. The pronouncement of God's judgment (3:8–24)
E. The introduction of the family of Adam (4:1–26)
III. The Generations of Adam: The Chosen Line (5:1 — 6:8)
A. The godly line of Seth (5:1–32)
B. The great wickedness of the earth (6:1–8)
IV. The Generations of Noah: Judgment on the Earth (6:9 — 9:29)
A. The pronouncement of God's judgment (6:9 — 7:6)
B. The preservation of Noah by the ark (7:7 — 8:19)
C. The making of a covenant with Noah (8:20 — 9:29)
V. The Generations of Noah's Sons: The Spread of Mankind (10:1 — 11:9)
A. The descendants of Noah (10:1–32)
B. God's division of the nations (11:1–9)
VI. The Generations of Shem: God's Choice of Abram (11:10 — 25:11)
A. The godly line of Shem (11:10–32)
B. God's choice of Abram (12:1–9)
C. Abram's journey from his homeland (12:10 — 14:24)
D. The miraculous birth of Isaac (15:1 — 21:7)
E. The extension of God's grace to Isaac (21:8 — 25:11)
VII. The Generations of Ishmael and Isaac: The Blessing of Abraham (25:12 — 35:29)
A. The sons of Ishmael (25:12–18)
B. God's choice of Jacob (25:19 — 28:22)
C. Jacob's journey from his homeland (29:1 — 33:17)
D. Jacob's sojourn in Canaan (33:18 — 35:29)
VIII. The Generations of Esau: The Edomites (36:1–43)
IX. The Generations of Jacob: The Saving of Israel by Joseph (37:1 — 50:26)
A. The conflict among the sons of Jacob (37:1 — 38:30)
B. Joseph's slavery in Egypt (39:1 — 40:23)
C. Joseph's rise to power (41:1 – 57)
D. Joseph's encounter with his brothers (42:1 — 45:28)
E. Jacob's journey with his household to Egypt (46:1 — 47:26)
F. Jacob's blessing on his descendants (47:27 — 49:28)
G. The deaths of Jacob and Joseph in Egypt (49:29 — 50:26)
The History of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
29 And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
2 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
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Table of Contents
Preface to the New King James Version, viii,
Special Definitions and Abbreviations, xiii,
God Cares for Women — Eta Linnemann, xiv,
The Balanced Life: Reconciling Personal Faith with Practicing Dogma — Hilary McFarlane, xvi,
What They Left Behind: Women Archaeology and the Bible — Marsha A. Ellis Smith, xviii,
Women and Children in Biblical Narrative — Eleonore Stump, xxii,
The Old Testament,
1 Samuel, 410,
2 Samuel, 460,
1 Kings, 501,
2 Kings, 549,
1 Chronicles, 597,
2 Chronicles, 634,
Song of Solomon, 990,
Flowers of the Bible, 1398,
Vegetables of the Bible, 1400,
Bitter Herbs of the,
Herbs of the Bible, 1402,
The New Testament,
1 Corinthians, 1714,
2 Corinthians, 1747,
1 Thessalonians, 1823,
2 Thessalonians, 1830,
1 Timothy, 1835,
2 Timothy, 1849,
1 Peter, 1902,
2 Peter, 1917,
1 John, 1924,
2 John, 1936,
3 John, 1940,
Money and Measurements in,
the Bible, 1987,
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