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Female Bible Translators

The following are some recent English Bible translations whose translation teams include women.

The New International Version (NIV 2011) translation committee, which consists of 15 people, currently (as at March 2023) includes Jeannine Brown, Elizabeth Mburu, and Sandra Richter.
Havilah Dharamraj and Karen Jobes were previously on the team.

The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV 2021) translation committee includes four women: Phyllis Bird, J. Cheryl Exum, Lucetta Mowry, and Katharine Sakenfeld.

The Contemporary English Bible (CEB 1995) had 120 translators of which about 20 are women. And women are well represented among the contributors of their excellent study Bible.

The New Living Translation (NLT 2007), which I have some issues with, included Joyce Baldwin Caine (deceased), Marianne Meye Thompson, and Linda Belleville among its translators.
Update: I expect improvements will be made with the new appointments in May 2022 of Lynn Cohick and Nijay Gupta to the committee of senior translators. More information about this on Dr Gupta’s website and on the NLT website.

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB 2009) had 10 scholars on its Translation Oversight Committee, including one woman Dorian G. Coover-Cox. Several other women were also involved in the translation process.
Update: The newer Christian Standard Bible (CSB 2017) is much better than its predecessor the HSCB. But I do not recommend the CSB study Bible published by Holman.

Dr Coover-Cox was also on the translation team of the New English Translation (NET 2005). She seems to be the only woman in a long list of men.

The following Bible translation team does not include women.

The English Standard Version (ESV 2001) does not have a single woman translator on their Oversight Committee or Review Committee, and no female scholars are contributors to their various study Bibles. My article on The ESV Bible’s Men-only Club, here.

Explore more

All my articles on the subject of Bible translations are here.
My articles on female biblical scholars are here.
Which Bible Translation is best?
Barbara Aland and the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament
Gender Bias in the NLT
The ESV Bible’s Men-only Club
Masculinity and Manhood in the ESV

Further Reading

A Tale of Two Translators: The Lives and Legacies of Julia E. Smith and Helen Barrett Montgomery by Bronwen Speedie.

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