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What’s New in Verbum Now 6.9?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Biblical Theology Guide Section

Understand how biblical theologians have interpreted the passage you’re studying and how it relates to redemptive history. Open Genesis 1:1 in your Passage Guide and find everywhere that text appears in the context of discussions about Theology Proper, Bibliology, Christology, and more. Your resources are further categorized by type such as Old Testament, New Testament, Whole Bible, Pauline Epistles, and more.

Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer

Understand the textual transmission of the Old Testament with the Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer. In a glance, see all the extant Hebrew manuscripts and filter by date, contents, holding institute, and more. You can even click through to see high resolution photographs of the manuscripts online.

Custom Home Page Layouts

Customizing your Verbum workspace is essential for efficient study. Now you can save your favorite workspace as a layout to be launched right from the homepage. Do you want to read the RSVCE alongside the Greek New Testament as part of your daily reading plan? Save it as a layout and start your study with a click. You can also create custom layouts to launch from the Go Box, Lectionary Reading, and more. Customize your layouts with any combination of tools and resources.

Systematic Theologies Interactive

Systematic theologians bring the entire biblical testimony to bear on specific, interrelated theological topics. The Systematic Theologies interactive curates data on both systematic theology resources and their authors, helping you become more informed about the content of the systematic theologies and how the backgrounds of the theologians shaped their works. Sort and filter by author, denomination, era, and type.

Proverbs Explorer, Volume 2

Volume 2 of this popular interactive and dataset expands the scope of the Proverbs Explorer to proverbs throughout the Old and New Testaments—not just the book of Proverbs. It even covers proverbial statements from Deuterocanonical literature.

Names of God Interactive: Deuterocanon

Volume 2 of the Names of God interactive adds all the references to God from the Deuterocanon. See how the surrounding literature of the Bible refers to and addresses God.

Update to Narrative Character Maps, Volume 2

Narrative Character Maps present the Bible’s familiar story arcs with a new visual perspective that makes sense of complex interweaving narratives. Color coded character lines elegantly present the geographic location of key players through time. This exclusive addition to Narrative Character Maps covers the time during Jesus’ public ministry.

New Preview Resource

Read A Manual of Catholic Theology for free during the month of February!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Verbum Now, there’s no better time to start. Get your first month free at Verbum.com/Now!

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.8?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

New Testament Use of the Old Testament

This new interactive lets you explore how New Testament authors cite, quote, allude to, or echo Old Testament texts. Display both Old Testament and New Testament passages in multiple versions for quick comparison—including the Hebrew or Greek Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. Find the passage you’re looking for using faceted search options such as speaker, themes, events, places, or things.

Lemma in Passage Guide Section

The Lemma in Passage section of the Passage Guide scours your library for every occurrence of the original language lemma in the passage you want to investigate. Results are categorized according to the dictionary form of the word, and organized by resource. The Lemma in Passage guide identifies everywhere a word appears in your library. For instance, the Greek word “logos” appears in the context of a discussion about John 1:1—even in resources not explicitly about the Gospel of John.

Reader’s Edition Interlinear

Reading ancient texts in their original languages can be both difficult and stressful, especially if you don’t know all the vocabulary. That’s why Greek and Hebrew Readers are popular tools for assisting students in their acquisition of a new language. Our new Reader’s Edition Interlinear lets you customize any original-language interlinear text according to your needs. Hide words according to frequency, leaving only the words you haven’t learned. Use the Reader’s Edition Interlinear in your language study and adapt it to your ever-changing educational needs.

Personal Letters Section

Personal letters are valuable resources that illuminate the context in which an author lived and wrote. The Personal Letters section in the Factbook now provides convenient access to these texts.

Corresponding Notes and Highlights

With Corresponding Notes, you can now see all the notes you’ve attached to biblical texts with reverse interlinears. Take a note on the Greek word Εὐχαριστοῦμεν (eucharistoumen) in your Greek New Testament, and with the Corresponding Notes feature, you’ll see that same note attached to the equivalent translation in your favorite biblical translations.

Old Testament Propositional Outlines update

The latest update to the OT Propositional Outlines Visual Filter adds Daniel and the Twelve Prophets. This update will complete the OT Propositional Outlines feature!

Two New Preview Resources

Read The Preparation of the Incarnation and Jesus Christ the Word Incarnate: Considerations Gathered from the Works of the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas for free until December 31!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Verbum Now, there’s no better time to start. Get your first month free at Verbum.com/Now!

 

Deacon Kevin’s Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

This guest post is by Deacon Kevin Bagley, DMin, Director of Verbum.

“Prepare the way of the Lord.” These were John’s words as he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The season of Advent is the time of year when we prepare ourselves to welcome the newborn Christ child into our lives.

As citizens of the modern world, we are bombarded with advertising urging us to purchase the right gifts, try the newest electronic gadget, and prepare ourselves for the gift giving season. As Catholics, we should be focused on receiving the greatest gift of all: the Savior of the World. The things we buy today may be broken or lost tomorrow. Developing a loving relationship with God will not only last a lifetime, but forever.

As we prepare to give gifts, host gatherings, and celebrate, we must also make room in our homes and hearts for the coming of the infant Jesus. Get rid of the clutter and debris of resentment and shortcomings, plan to be reconciled, be open to receive and provide forgiveness, and make way for the Christ child.

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Deacon Kevin’s Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

This guest post is by Deacon Kevin Bagley, DMin, Director of Verbum.

Are you ready? Have you prepared as well as you can?  If tomorrow was your last day on this earth, would you be ready to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

As we enter the season of Advent we prepare.  This is the beginning of the new church year and we eagerly await the day we celebrate when the Word became flesh.  We prepare ourselves for the coming of the Savior and we should ensure that we are ready to greet him whenever and however he comes into our lives.

We also prepare for Christmas gift giving, prepare our homes, prepare food and shop for groceries.  As we prepare for this wonderful event, I encourage you to seek out an opportunity to enrich your spiritual life by attending an Advent retreat, do some spiritual reading or participate in a corporal work of mercy remembering the true meaning of Christmas.

Over 2,000 years ago we received a gift more precious than anything we could buy or make.  Christ came into the world to bring us the wonderful gift of salvation.  We should take time to remember that Christ is the light of the world, and that we are guided through his Light.

Through God’s grace, we make it through the mall, the shopping, and the crowds; at home we take care of the cooking, cleaning and decking the halls; all to arrive at the beauty, peace and joy of Christmas.  May the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding, guide you through this season to the joy and peace of Christmas morning.

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What Does Your Family Bible Look Like?

This guest post was written by Kathryn Heltsley.

For many, the term “family Bible” conjures up images of a large, elaborate book with embossing on the cover and gilt-edged pages. But what if everyone in your family had a Bible in their pocket, purse, or backpack—and used it regularly?

The theme of National Bible Week 2015 is “The Bible: A Book for the Family.” Let’s take a look at how Verbum can help facilitate the use of the Bible in your family.

Verbum puts the Bible in your hands through devices that you use every day. Open up the homepage or mobile app, and there are the day’s Mass Readings. You can also customize your own reading plan—perhaps studying the Gospel of Luke during Advent—and share it with your family or your local parish with Faithlife Groups.

Verbum’s software features bring the Bible to life with historical context, maps, images, root words, and more. Your family can read a passage in the Bible, and then explore pictures of where the narrative took place, and learn about the cultural context. You can discuss the significance of professions like fisherman or tax collector in Biblical times, look up the original Greek and Hebrew meanings of words, compare Bible translations side-by-side, or dig deeper into a text with a biblical commentary.

Church teaching is also relevant and accessible with Verbum. Discuss contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective. As your kids study Catholic teaching, find answers to their questions straight from the Catechism or Youcat with just a few clicks. Let the Doctors of the Church join in your discussions with access to their writings. Verbum has even created a high school theology curriculum based on the USCCB Doctrinal Framework. Whatever your level, Verbum provides a myriad of ways for you and your family to engage with and enjoy Scripture.

Although National Bible Week 2015 is drawing to a close, it’s not too late to save on some key Bible study resources—pick them up before November 22!

Celebrate National Bible Week with Verbum!

National Bible Week

This week the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is celebrating National Bible Week 2015. In keeping with the Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis’ historic visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, this year’s theme is “The Bible: A Book for the Family”.

In order to help you, your family, and your parish celebrate National Bible Week, we’ve discounted a bunch of relevant resources:

The USCCB has also put together several free resources for parishes and families, encouraging greater engagement with the Word of God. Take a look at their page for tips on making the Word part of your home life, to learn about the sacred practice of Lectio divina, or access an outline for a Scripture Vigil on the themes of Catholic social teaching.

National Bible Week ends on November 21—don’t miss this valuable opportunity to study Scripture with the greater Catholic community!

New Features in Verbum Now 6.7

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Confessional Documents Guide Section

With the new Confessional Documents section in the Passage Guide, you can incorporate some of the most formative documents from Church history into your Scripture study. See how every major creed, confession, and catechism treats the passage you’re studying. Search for Colossians 2:12 in the Passage Guide, open the Confessional Documents section, and find places where this passage is used in the discussion of Christology, Ecclesiology, and other standard theological categories.

Synopsis of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles

As with a harmony of the Gospels, instantly compare parallel texts in Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and other Old Testament passages to see how different authors narrate the same events and discover these authors’ unique emphases and purposes.

Passage Lists Visual Filter

Now you can view your Passage Lists as visual filters within the biblical text. Expose only the verses you want to study—even if they aren’t a part of the same biblical book. Open all the cross references to John 1:1 in your favorite version. Or create your own custom list of verses to compare all the epistolary prescripts in Paul’s letters. And you won’t just get a static list—you get the full functionality of Verbum right within the filtered text.

Proverbs Verse Art Collection

This exclusive media collection features brand new verse art based on some of the most beloved biblical Proverbs. Find them using your Media Browser, Factbook, Passage Guide, and anywhere else media appears in your software.

Additional Old Testament Propositional Outlines

We’ve added Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel to the Old Testament Propositional Outlines.

Preview Resource: The Life of St. Charles Borromeo

Read The Life of St. Charles Borromeo: Cardinal Archbishop of Milan for free until November 30!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Verbum Now, there’s no better time to start. Get your first month free at Verbum.com/Now!

 

Free Advent and Christmas Sermons!

Deepen your spiritual life with Sermons of St. Bernard on Advent and Christmas, free this month. St. Bernard of Clairvaux is a doctor of the church and speaks with wisdom and insight about the scriptures leading up to Christmas:

It is now fitting that we should consider the time of our Lord’s coming.
He came, as you know, not in the beginning, nor in the midst of time, but in the end of it. This was no unsuitable choice, but a truly wise dispensation of His infinite wisdom, that He might afford help when He saw it was most needed. Truly, “it was evening, and the day was far spent”(Lk 24:29); the sun of justice had wellnigh set, and but a faint ray of his light and heat remained on earth. The light of Divine knowledge was very small, and as iniquity abounded, the fervour of charity had grown cold. No angel appeared, no prophet spoke. The angelic vision and the prophetic spirit alike had passed away, both hopelessly baffled by the exceeding obduracy and obstinacy of mankind. Then it was that the Son of God said: “Behold, I come”(He 10:7). And “while all things were in quiet silence, and the night was in the midst of her course, the almighty word leaped down from heaven from thy royal throne” (Wi 18:14,15). Of this coming the Apostle speaks: “When the fullness of time was come, God sent his Son” (Ga 4:4) (Sermons 11-12).

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You can also add St. Bernard’s On Consideration for 0.99.

This offer ends December 1st–download your free book today!

 

 

Save on Modern Catholic Authors!

Our new Modern Catholic Authors collection is tremendously diverse. Let’s put it this way: whether you’re interested in theology, Scripture study, Christian literature, apologetics, or contemplative prayer, this 243-volume bundle has something for you! This resource represents very best of Verbum’s catalog, including works by:

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Joseph Fitzmyer
  • Raymond E Brown
  • Pope Benedict XVI
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MODERN CATHOLIC AUTHORS

Get special introductory savings of 20% through October 14th only! If you already own part of this collection, you’re eligible for an additional discount. Visit Verbum.com or call 877-542-7664 to find out how much you can save.

Free Commentary on Revelation!

At the end of every liturgical year, the Church returns to the fascinating—and often challenging—book of RevelationDeepen your understanding of St. John’s prophetic book for free this month with Sacra Pagina: Revelation by noted scipture scholar Fr.Wilfrid Harrington, OP. “The message of Revelation is more than a word of encouragement to those suffering tribulation,” Harrington states; “It is a promise of wider hope.”

The Sacra Pagina series represents the finest contemporary Catholic scripture scholarship, as Fr. Daniel Harrington notes in the series introduction:

The goal of Sacra Pagina is to provide sound critical analysis without any loss of sensitivity to religious meaning. This series is therefore catholic in two senses of the word: inclusive in its methods and perspectives, and shaped by the context of the Catholic tradition.

 

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As an added bonus, you can also download Sacra Pagina: The Gospel of Mark for just $0.99. That’s over $44 worth of renowned biblical commentaries for under one dollar!

These offers are only available until Nov 1, so take advantage today!

 

 

 

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