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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!

 

 

 

Spread the word about Verbum’s high school curriculum!

You know the power of Verbum—will you help us share it with high school students?

Verbum’s high school textbook series is a revolutionary digital Catholic curriculum based on the USCCB Doctrinal Framework, including:

  • a library of over 200 supplementary texts and
  • all the powerful tools of the Verbum study platform.

We are bringing cutting-edge technology and functionality to the study of the Faith to change the way students engage the Word. 1,700 students are already learning with Verbum!

If you know a Catholic high school teacher or administrator, please share your enthusiasm with them. Have them call us at 1-877-542-7664 to learn about Verbum’s high school curriculum!

Pope Francis is Here!

Pope Francis is now on American soil and your friends at Verbum are following him very closely. This morning, on the lawn of the White House, Pope Francis spoke of his deep concern for marriage and family life:

“I want to celebrate and support the institution of marriage and the family at this critical moment in the history of our civilization.”

The Pope knows that we are facing a cultural and spiritual struggle to understand, appreciate, and celebrate God’s design for marriage and the family. His choice to visit our shores during the 2015 World Meeting of Families testifies to this fact and we should be reassured by his presence with us.

We find ourselves now in a culture and situation which calls on us to become better educated in our faith, so that we can respond to the times in charity, wisdom, and faithfulness. We at Verbum are taking the education of all Catholics, clergy and laity, very seriously.

As you already know, our director Deacon Kevin Bagley is at the World Meeting of Families and we were delighted to host Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, at our booth yesterday. The Nuncio was very impressed by the software and its ability to quickly navigate the various resources to present the width and breadth of the Catholic faith.

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If you happen to be at the World Meeting of Families, plaese stop by to see Deacon Kevin and the Verbum crew at Booth #1423 for exclusive discounts and prizes.

Interested in expanding your knowledge of Catholic teaching on marriage and family? Be sure to pick up the World Meeting of Families Bundle, which is $80 off until September 30th.

Pope Francis is coming…

And Verbum has a booth at the World Meeting of Families! Please stop by our booth (# 1423) for special offers on English and Spanish products!

Not attending the World Meeting of Families? Don’t worry—we have special online deals for you, too!

Take advantage of these offers before they expire on September 30th!

 

 

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.6

We just updated Verbum Now with a handful of great features! Take a look at what’s new:

Septuagint Manuscript Explorer

Information about Septuagint manuscripts can be frustratingly difficult to find. But with the Septuagint Manuscript Explorer, we’ve gathered together information about existing Septuagint manuscripts, including their contents, date, language, holding institute, and more. With this interactive, you can discover the earliest Septuagint manuscript evidence for the Minor Prophets, view Codex Sinaiticus online, or see how many manuscripts contain the book of Psalms.

Multiview Resources

Add multiple translations of the Bible or even commentaries in the same panel with the Multiview Resources tool. The resources you bring together will share the same location, visual filters, and search results. Study original-language texts side by side with English translations. Search for a specific word and both texts will filter down to your search results. This tool treats multiple resources as one—and the applications to your study are endless.

Corresponding Words Visual Filter

The new Corresponding Words Visual Filter instantly identifies everywhere repetition occurs within any of your resources. Find all the places “love,” “loves,” and “loved” appears within a commentary or the biblical text simply by hovering over the word you want to investigate. Or find all the places a specific lemma, root, or sense occurs within a biblical text. You can even see how the author of Jonah uses the phrase “go down” to highlight both Jonah’s physical and spiritual descent from the presence of the Lord. By identifying repetition, the Corresponding Words Visual Filter helps you draw out key themes and ideas in a passage.

Old Testament Propositional Outlines update

We’ve added Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Isaiah to the Old Testament Propositional Outlines.

Plus this month’s preview resource

Read Solution of the Great Problem for free until September 30, and access a new preview resource on October 1!

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!

Are You Ready for the World Meeting of Families?

In conjunction with the Congress and Papal visit to the United States next week, we’re offering resources concerning every aspect of family life. The World Meeting of Families Bundle will expand your knowledge of doctrine, Scripture, and traditions related to the family. This 33-volume set includes a wide range of resources, from contemporary scholarship on parenting and the family to Papal encyclicals such as “Humanae Vitae.”

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This bundle features a special introductory discount through September 30th!

 

 

Get a Free Book on Marriage and Annulments!

Just in time for the World Meeting of Families, Jim Blackburn’s book, 101 Quick Questions with Catholic Answers: Marriage, Divorce, and Annulment, is free this month. This accessible format will answer your questions and expand your knowledge about Church doctrine concerning these important issues.

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This book can be yours for free through September 30th—download it now!

We Have a Winner!

We are happy to announce that Deacon John Sommer won Verbum’s Scholar library giveaway!

We asked Deacon John a few questions about his plans for his new software:

Q. What do you do for the Church?

I am currently assigned as Deacon to the St. Clement of Rome Parish in Bixby, Oklahoma. I am responsible for the Middle and High School Programs at my assigned parish. I have been performing this ministry for 15 years.

I am also a Business Manager for the Parish of Christ the King in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From time to time, the Pastor will ask me to assist with Deaconate duties at Christ the King.

Q. How do you plan to use your new Verbum Scholar library?

My plan for the library is to increase my knowledge about our Lord. One of my main goals currently is to share the Faith with the youth of the Diocese of Tulsa, and I will use Verbum resources to bring our Lord alive in their everyday activities.

We are focused on the development of disciples and this library will be a great reference to provide historical examples of the great Saints and Fathers of the Church.

It will be a great source of information in assisting me with my preaching responsibilities and homily preparation.

Congratulations, Deacon John!

If you didn’t win, you can still take advantage of a limited-time 15% discount on any Verbum library—simply use coupon code SUMMERSCHOLAR before Saturday, September 19!

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.5?

Thanks for being a member of Verbum Now. We’re excited to be launching new features, media, and datasets that are available to you now.

Psalms Explorer Dataset

The Psalms Explorer dataset makes the Psalms Explorer data searchable, giving you the ability to search the Psalms with Verbum’s powerful search functionality. Discover a Psalms’ author, genre, theme, and more.

Addressees in Reported Speech

Quickly locate all the places where a person, place, or thing is spoken to in the biblical texts. Find everywhere Satan speaks to Jesus. Or, look for all the places Jesus prays to the Father. You can even search for everywhere Jesus speaks to the city Jerusalem and find where he laments over its coming destruction.

Concordance: Works Cited

The Works Cited concordance pulls out references by page number, bibliographic citations, and direct hyperlinks to other resources. This enables you to open a commentary volume and run a Works Cited concordance to see which resources the author consulted most frequently.

Names of God Interactive

With the Names of God Interactive, you can find all of the names of God and where they occur in the Old and New Testaments. Narrow your search to specific genres of biblical literature such as prose, instruction, and Law.

RSVCE Hebrew Old Testament Reverse Interlinear

The English text of the RSVCE has been aligned to the Hebrew Old Testament. Access Hebrew Bible Word Studies, compare translations using sympathetic highlighting or search for biblical people, places, and things right from the text of the RSVCE.

Plus new resources for you to try throughout August

Enjoy access to three additional books: The Life and Letters of St. Francis Xavier, vol. 1–2 and A Manual of Apologetics.

We’re also continuing to add to and improve our web app. We recently made the following updates to app.verbum.com:

  • Panel management/tabs: open as many resources as you want and rearrange things to your liking.
  • Autocomplete in Passage Guides and Bibles: get suggestions for the reference you enter in the input boxes.

Start your free month of Verbum Now today!

Get a Free Book!

This month’s free book is A General Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture. Seminary professor A.E. Breen covers the nature and extent of inspiration, the history of the original texts, the various senses of Scripture, and more.

A General Introduction to the Study of Scripture

This book can be yours for free through August 31st—download it now!

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