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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310244927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310244929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Phenomenal! This is a book every woman will love - and for that matter so will men!' -- Marilyn Meberg, Best-selling Author and Speaker <br><br>

From the Back Cover

As you immerse yourself in their lives, you’ll see more and more places where your life intersects with theirs.

Focus on fifty-two female heroes in Scripture, and you’ll discover yourself in the process. Women of the Bible: 52 Studies for Individuals and Groups is designed especially for those who want to delve more deeply, either alone or in a group, into the lives of women like Ruth, Anna, Esther, Leah, Rachel, Mary, Elizabeth, and other women who encountered the living God.

This study edition of the best-seller Women of the Bible, includes an introduction to each woman, major Scripture passages, study materials, and cultural backgrounds. There are fifty-two studies, one for each week of the year. Newly gathered study aids include helpful charts as well as a complete listing of all women of the Bible, with pertinent Scripture references. Space is included to record your thoughts and insights.

Each timeless biblical story mirrors the challenges and changes today’s women face. Through understanding these women’s lives, this easy-to-use study resource will help you discover the God behind their stories—and yours.


More About the Author

Jean E. Syswerda is a former editor and associate publisher for Zondervan Bibles. She helped produce such bestselling Bibles as the NIV Women's Devotional Bible. General editor of the Women of Faith Study Bible and A Mom's Ordinary Day Bible Study Series, she is the author of the Women's Devotional Guide to the Bible and coauthor of the bestselling Read With Me Bible. Jean and her husband, John, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Allendale, Michigan.

Customer Reviews

I hope you order this book.
Mabel Mossberg
Lesson text scriptures listed and authors summary and questions about the story are relevant and thought provoking.
Kathy Franck
This book is great for my needs in my women's bible study group, and we are currently studying women of the bible.
Toni Fogel

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ty on October 5, 2009
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I ordered this book for our Women's Bible study (we're called the Bible Babes!) and I will warn you - if you are thinking about ordering this book for the same purpose I HIGHLY recommend it but DO NOT recommend the workbook. I ordered the book and received the workbook instead by mistake and thought maybe I would keep it as a supplement to the book but after comparing the two they are identical. The only difference is that the workbook has LESS information, Bible readings & discussion questions than the book (why pay close to the same price for less?). I did like how the workbook had lines for your notes, but I am happy to keep a spiral if it means that I have more verses to read and questions to discuss. I HIGHLY recommend this book! (and do NOT recommend the workbook) Hope this avoids going through the trouble I went through. Enjoy it!! (By the way Amazon- I'm still waiting for a refund on the workbooks I returned...)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary Fields on August 31, 2006
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Our women's group have gone through quite a few studies and this material is absolutely the best we have come across. It has a wealth of useful information in the back and is designed to get a group to discuss and confirm that God's word is applicable in the lives of women today. We have seen remarkable growth in our class by both numbers and spiritually.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms E. Foster on September 29, 2003
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I recieved this as a gift for my birthday, on new year's eve 2002, I actually decided to use it. I have read one a week, so I am almost finished. Easy to follow and read. Starts at the beginning of the bible and works its' way through. For each woman you are given the relevant passages in the Bible to read, a summary of her story with reflections and something for you to do in the next week.
I found it really helpful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LforLiz on March 7, 2013
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Other reviews led me to believe that this book is a good study of women for all women, if not everyone. I asked for this book for Christmas to lead a high school girls' bible study at the urban community center in which I work. I am a missionary, and the bible study is made up of 14-18 year-olds ranging from Agnostic to Catholic to Scientologist, but all willing to learn. This book has offered me no valuable information in this setting, outside of that which I could have found online for free. I've been using it to see which woman to study next, and to ballpark where in the bible she could be found, but the focus of each study of the women and most of the questions are clearly geared toward middle-aged, married women with children. This book continues the sad stereotypes that all that matters to women is having babies and wearing jewelry, and that's all that should matter to them.

Each chapter gives the name of the woman being studied, the meaning of her name (if she has one), the "key scriptures" in which she can be found (for the purposes of the focuses of the study, not ALL of the chapters and verses that actually talk about her), an excerpt of the key scriptures (presumably to read out loud in a group), a half to 3/4 page summary of "her life and times", a small paragraph filling up the rest of that page discussing how it should apply to our lives, and then 2 pages of questions (of which, only 3-4 out of 15-20 are even a little valuable to my situation).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C.W. on May 1, 2008
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I've never read the original book, so my review is based on what I read solely from this Study Book.

This book has 52 discussions, each of which discusses one woman of the Bible. It gives out basic character of the woman, and some key scriptures. I like how it prints out some scriptures from the Bible that form a summary of the story, such that we don't have to spend too much time opening up the verses (you will still need to open up some verses on your own from the Bible during discussion).

I also like the "So-and-so's Life and Times" section that explains the culture of the society during which each woman in the story lived. This really helps us in understanding the decisions that they made that we, in today's world, would otherwise have considered absurd. And, this helps us to relate their struggles with ours today.

I used this book with some young women small group (teens to early twenties). All of them never read the Bible front to back. So, for me one of the strongest points of this book is that it thoroughly leads us to walk through pretty complete history of the Bible. Most other bible study books go by topics, and thus sometimes are not as thorough.

Despite the detailed history part, the discussion questions are not boring (as most history books are) but they are pretty interesting and help the members to open up with each other.

All in all, I was satisfied more that I expected with this book. Plus, it has 52 stories, so I won't have to worry anytime soon of having to find another bible study book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Faith Adams City Nyssa on August 23, 2005
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After personally using the companion devotional book last year, I recommended that our ladies' Sunday School class try this workbook in between other studies. Since each week focuses on a different woman, we can easily continue later with the following chapter. So far, the response has been excellent. The questions provoke personal comments from the whole group, although occassionally I find the queries to be oversimplified. The accompanying history and scriptures show that much study went into this book.

There is no "leader's guide" for reference, which encourages me to look at other resources as well. The section in the devotional book, which I really liked: "Her Sorrow & Her Joy" is not included in this workbook. The novelized version of each woman's story is also only in the devotional, which is fine, since we don't use that in our group.
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