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The IVP Women's Bible Commentary
An Indispensable Resource for All Who Want to View Scripture through Different Eyes
Category: Commentaries

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What does the Bible say to a young mother at home nursing her baby?

What role models for intelligent, talented women can we find in Scripture?

What was everyday life like for women in biblical times?

What does Scripture say to women who have been abused or raped?

What can men learn from women by viewing Scripture through their concerns and insights?

This surprising commentary searches Scripture in light of the many theological, biblical, sociological and psychological concerns of women. Led by editors Catherine Clark Kroeger and Mary J. Evans, an international team of contributors offers thoughtful, engaging insight to complement more traditional approaches that have viewed Scripture primarily through the experiences and understanding of men. Fresh, practical and helpful, the IVP Women's Bible Commentary shows how relevant Scripture is to the legitimate concerns of men and women alike--and just how transforming God's Word can be when viewed from unaccustomed perspective.

This reference work will be welcomed by pastors developing sermons, by Bible study teachers and leaders preparing lessons, by college and seminary students researching study assignments, and by individual readers who want to broaden their understanding of the richness of biblical revelation.

Most books and resource materials on the Bible have been written by men. As a result, most of the issues addressed are portrayed through the perceptions of men. This volume represents the effort to ask questions differently. What happens when we look at Scripture through women's eyes? Are there ways in which the lives of both women and men can be enriched through such an effort?

This volume ably represents the fruit of such an approach. The international team of contributors to this commentary have searched the Scriptures, confident that they are God's Word to us when properly understood. Their discoveries serve to complement rather than replace those in other similar reference works. New and helpful insights show how relevant Scripture is to the legitimate aspirations and concerns of women and men alike and just how fresh God's Word can be when viewed through another lens.

Written in clear, nontechnical language, this invaluable aid includes:

  • individual commentaries covering all of the books of the Old and New Testaments seen through the lens of women's insights and concerns
  • key essays on the inspiration and interpretation of Scripture and the history of the intertestamental period and its literature
  • articles on important theological issues, including monotheism, the Trinity, atonement, sin, covenant and community, the purpose and value of human life, and the use and abuse of language
  • sidebars addressing women's occupations and skills, women's experiences such as childbirth and infertility, and women's roles in worship and leadership
  • descriptions of important women of the Bible, including, Sarah, Hagar, Deborah, Hannah, Martha and Mary, and Mary the mother of Jesus
  • short articles on everyday experiences and important cultural backgrounds
  • 88 contributors from around the globe

About the Authors
Catherine Clark Kroeger is adjunct associate professor of classical and ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. With James Beck, she edited Women, Abuse and the Bible and Healing the Hurting, and with Mary J. Evans she edited The IVP Women's Bible Commentary and The Women's Study Bible (Oxford University Press). She is a coauthor (with Nancy Nason-Clark) of No Place for Abuse.

Mary J. Evans teaches Old Testament at London Bible College. She is the author of 1 and 2 Samuel in the New International Bible Commentary and Woman in the Bible, and she is a coeditor of The IVP Women's Bible Commentary.


The IVP Women's Bible Commentary is a stunning achievement and a landmark in the history of evangelical biblical study and evangelical commitment to the voices of women. It is also a fitting tribute to the dedicated work for decades of Catherine Clark Kroeger. The combination of the biblical commentaries and the more than seventy-five focused, topical articles makes this a rich storehouse of help and insight for a whole range of communities of faith.
David M. Scholer, professor of New Testament and associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California)