A local philanthropist said the recent launch of an extensive Bible resource is to today's world what the Gutenberg printing press was to Christendom centuries ago.
Mart Green, Oklahoma City philanthropist and Mardel CEO, is the visionary behind Every Tribe Every Nation, which recently announced the launch of The Digital Bible Library.
“It's what I call a ‘Gutenberg moment,'” Green said of the new digital library.
Every Tribe Every Nation and the library are collaborative efforts between Green, other Christian philanthropists and three major Bible ministries: Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, Biblica and the American Bible Society. The Digital Bible Library is a universal platform that provides easy access and authorized distribution of Bible translations for audio, mobile devices and on-demand print.
Green said his comparison of the new digital library to the Gutenberg press isn't an exaggeration.
The Gutenberg press, invented around 1440, was a movable-type printing press that printed what became known as the Gutenberg Bible. The press is often hailed as one of the most significant inventions because it made the Bible available to the masses.
Green said the Digital Bible Library is poised to do the same thing by utilizing the wonders of technology. He said the digital library has made hundreds of Scripture translations available to Christian organizations, missionaries and ministries and more translated texts will be uploaded in the future.
He said the new digital library, like the Gutenberg press, is helping eradicate what he calls “Bible poverty.”
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, shared similar sentiments.
“He (Green) calls the launch of the Digital Bible Library a ‘Gutenberg moment' and I agree with that assessment because it gives people the opportunity to engage in Scriptures all around the world today and in a form and medium that they know best,” Creson said.
Green said he and several other donors started meeting with the leaders of the Bible ministries about two years ago to discuss the idea of a centralized digital Bible library. He said the group met regularly in Dallas once a month to discuss the project and an alliance was formed.