Over at Suzanne’s Bookshelf, I was reading a comment left by a blogger who goes by the name “Theophrastus”. Theophrastus pointed out that of the 95 theologians and scholars who contributed to the ESV Study Bible not one of them was a woman. Not one! They were all men!
Theophrastus joked, “I just guess there aren’t any Reformed women qualified to write about the Bible.”
The list of contributors to the ESV Study Bible is easy to find online. When I looked at the list for myself, I found, with a few exceptions, a veritable who’s who of many of the most well known hierarchical complementarians. Hierarchical complementarians are Christians who believe that God has ordained men to be the leaders and authority figures in society, in the church and in the home; and that women are designed to be the submissive responders to male authority. Moreover, they believe being in authority and being in submission are the defining roles for men and women respectively.
It is not only the contributors to the ESV Study Bible that are all male. The members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee, as well as the ESV Translation Review Scholars, are all, and only, male.
Most English Bibles, including the ESV, are reliable and trustworthy in how they translate verses and passages that pertain to the doctrine of Salvation. The same cannot be said about how they translate verses that pertain to women in ministry. Some Bible readers aren’t even aware that many women are mentioned in the New Testament as being ministers and church leaders. This is because English translations have typically obscured or down-played the passages that mention these women. The English Standard Version (ESV) and the New Living Translation (NLT), in particular, are notorious for down-playing the ministries and roles of New Testament women in their translations.
I know that the message of Christian Egalitarianism is not well understood or well received by some Christians; and I am usually patient as I continue to write and teach that Jesus’ act of redemption on the Cross has brought about the real possibility of harmony and affinity between the sexes, as well as the equality of all men and women in society, in the church and in the home. However, I must admit to feeling dismay due to the fact that not one woman scholar was included in the ESV Bible’s men-only club.
Update 19.6.2013: I just found this article on the website of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) entitled Literary ESV is Unapologetically Complementarian. The CBMW’s brand of gender complementarity is hierarchical, with distinct gender roles of authority for men and subordination for women.
Update 17.3.2016: Some of the links in this article no longer work precisely.
 As well as well-known Hierarchical Complementarian scholars, there are also some more obscure scholars who contributed to the ESV Study Bible. Theophrastus sarcastically observes, “ . . . it seems there is no Christian woman in the whole wide world more qualified that Rev. Andrew Stewart. Never heard of him? Well it seems he has an M.A. from Covenant Theological Seminary. Also he is the co-pastor of a congregation in Geelong, Australia with about 100 parishioners. I’m sure we can all agree that he is more qualified than every single woman living on the planet.”
 Most English Bible versions are reliable in how they translate verses that apply to all the major Christian doctrines, but show some bias when it comes to verses about women in ministry. The NIV 2011 makes a good attempt at being accurate and fair in its translation of verses that affect women. Other Bible versions such as the NRSV and the TNIV have also attempted to be gender-accurate and gender-inclusive.
 If the real reason there was no woman contributor was because no woman was as qualified as the men (which I strongly doubt), this is another cause for concern.
In response to some comments below, I have compiled a list of women Bible scholars who were (and are) involved in recent English translations, here.
Female Bible Translators
Women Bible Scholars and Translators in the Church
The Politics of Bible Translations
Junia and the ESV
Did Priscilla Teach Apollos?
New Testament Women Church Leaders
Reading the Bible with a Masculinist Bias
A Critique of the ESV by Mark Strauss
Gender Bias in the NLT