Think for a moment of the blessings in your life. Some examples may be a good father or mother, electricity, being born an American citizen, having diverse friends, a certain teacher, pastor, or someone who has saved your life. For me, one of the biggest blessings in my life is the Bible.
Scoff if you must, but the Bible has shaped my parents' love for me and my siblings. It shaped the church I grew up in. It shaped many of my teachers, bosses, and friends. To a debatable extent, it has definitely shaped the government and larger society I grew up in.
Now obviously, since English is the native language of almost everyone I’ve mentioned here, having an English Bible has been instrumental. I really can’t imagine not having the Bible in my language. John Wycliffe first translated the Bible into English in the 1300’s. For this crime, he was posthumously declared a heretic, excommunicated, and his bones dug up and burned! (Turns out the Pope frowned upon giving people the Bible in their common “vulgar” language! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wycliffe)
Hundreds of years later, an organization named after Wycliffe is striving to translate the Bible into every language that will use it, and there are over 7,000 known languages in the world! That’s why I’ve joined Wycliffe – to help give that great blessing to others. The Bible has transformed millions of people into disciplined and loving individuals. It certainly transformed me and my parents before me and their parents before them. There are still millions more yearning for the opportunity to know God deeper!
Hopefully, this has answered the questions of ‘Why Bible Translation at large?’ and ‘Why would Noah do Bible Translation?’ Please send me your questions and comments!