Here is my comment in response to a thread on the BBB. First I address some general doctrinal issues in the ESV and then I indicate how it is that the ESV teaches that Christ is the mediator for men only.
This is from the preface to the ESV,
- The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium.The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1526
- John 1:3
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
All thinges were made by it and with out it was made nothinge that was made.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, ESV
The same sprete certifieth oure sprete yt we are the sonnes of God. Tyndale
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. ESV
No ma hath sene God at eny tyme. The only begotte sonne which is in ye bosome of ye father he hath declared him. Tyndale
whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. ESV
whom God hath made a seate of mercy thorow faith in his bloud to shewe ye rightewesnes which before him is of valoure in yt he forgeveth ye synnes yt are passed which God dyd suffre Tyndale
Add to this the well known changes to 1 Cor. 11:10, Romans 16:7, Matt. 5:9, etc. and I doubt whether there is any doctrine which the ESV has not taken into consideration in altering the English of Tyndale and the KJV.
It is no longer possible to preach even the basic salvation of half the human race from the ESV,
- For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" 1 TIm. 2:5
- But the words “man” and “men” are retained where a male meaning component is part of the original Greek or Hebrew. Likewise, the word “man” has been retained where the original text intends to convey a clear contrast between “God” on the one hand and “man” on the other hand, with “man” being used in the collective sense of the whole human race (see Luke 2:52).
Therefore, the ESV states clearly that Christ Jesus is not a mediator between Christ and women.
I make this comment here instead of on the BBB since the powers that be there have decided to block me from commenting. And frankly, why should a woman have her say when men are so ready to speak on her behalf.