Daniel you always seem to come up with the best questions. Thank you for keeping our minds sharp.
Here's the thing that I find most interesting about the question: In the middle ages, english only speaking commoners, and some land owners were denied the spiritual information of their own faith......That is to say that Roman Catholic priests were performing Mass in Latin, and only those who were fluent at reading Latin had access to the bible. Originally written in Greek, the bible has been translated many times, the original texts are no longer in existence. It is possible that some of them were destroyed during fires at the Library of Alexandria. However, these are three examples of early copies that are still around:
1.) The Codex Vaticanus (A.D. 340?) Incomplete-Housed in the Vatican Library.
2.) The Codex Sinaiticus (A.D. 400?) Purchased by Great Britain in 1933, from the Soviet Republic of Russia. Housed in the British Museum
3.) The Codex Alexandrinus (A.D. 450?) Mostly complete text minus 40 leaves. Housed in the British Museum
The answer is that knowledge, be it scientific, literary, historical, mathematical, astronomical, physical, spiritual, or whatever, should not be witheld from anyone. The Facists of Germany tried that leading up to WWII when they insisted on the burning of books contrary to anything they did not want you to know....That led the world to the brink of self destruction. The same sort of censorship was present in Stalin's Soviet Union.
Great Question Mr Neumann! Keep them coming.