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Learn the true history of Genesis

Free Book of the Month

The Book of Genesis is a constant source of contention, especially with regard to its historical accuracy. This month’s free book will equip you with the knowledge you need to navigate conversations around this disputed topic. Learn how to debunk theories claiming that the Book of Genesis is only ancient history or even a myth. Then, even more importantly, learn how Genesis is a “blueprint for the rest of salvation history.”

Get the next book in the series for only $1.99. If you want to continue your exploration, then you will want to get Genesis Part II: God and His Family and learn how our faith family lineage traces back to Abraham.

These deals are only good through August 31get them both now!

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Finding Jesus in the Word(s)

Who appears more with St. Paul: St. Luke or St. Timothy? In what chapters of the Bible? In this video you will learn how Verbum can help you answer these questions and any others like them.

The video is from our new Advanced Search Training, now available at the 50% off pre-pub order price. You can also get it by upgrading to Verbum Platinum or higher.

Watch now to discover the unique power of data type searching.


 

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The Power of Searching with Bible Data Types

In this video you will learn about Verbum’s unique use of data types in helping you make even deeper connections in your searches.

The video is from our new Advanced Search Training, now available at the 50% off pre-pub order price. You can also get it by upgrading to Verbum Platinum or higher.

Watch now to discover the unique power of Bible data type searching.

 

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15 Best Books of 2015

2015 in Review

You, our valued Verbum users, have spoken! We pored over last year’s data and discovered the 15 best-selling books on Verbum.com. If you don’t already own these resources, you may want to give them a second look—they come recommended by fellow Verbum users, after all!

1. Verbum 360 Training

An indispensable addition to every Verbum library, this training was created by two power-user priests. With over 4 hours of video content, you’ll learn to master all Verbum’s powerful features.

 

2. Verbum Now – Annual Subscription

Verbum Now subscriptions grant you immediate access to new features, datasets, and media resources as soon as they’re developed. Why wait for major software releases when you can get everything now?

 

3. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament, Genesis, Exodus, and the RSV2CE

This collection combines a popular Catholic biblical translation (the RSV2CE) with extensive commentary on the New Testament, Genesis, and Exodus. The Verbum version is cheaper than the physical books and easier to use, making it an obvious choice for any serious student of Scripture.

 

4. The New Jerusalem Bible: Reader’s Edition (NJB)

This classic Catholic Bible was translated directly from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts. Reading it side-by-side with the NABRE or RSVCE delivers fresh insight into the meaning of every passage.

 

5. Jimmy Akin’s Studies on Mark (3 vols.)

Jimmy Akin wrote a commentary set exclusively for Verbum. It’s no wonder that this product was funded in a matter of days!

 

 

6. The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation, like all Church Documents, is a perfect fit for Verbum. With 217 footnotes and 225 references to Scripture, it’d be tedious to study it in any other format.

 

7. Fulfilled in Christ: The Sacraments. A Guide to Symbols and Types in the Bible and Tradition

Fr. Devin Roza (one of the priests who recorded the Verbum 360 Training series) created this comprehensive guide to biblical typology. This work is such a boon to typological study that Scott Hahn endorsed it as “an indispensable tool for the New Evangelization.”

8. The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions

When Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hit theaters in 2014, it sparked widespread fascination with “The Watchers”—the rarely-mentioned “Nephilim” of the Bible. This volume explores these intriguing characters in light of both Jewish and early Christian literature.

 

9. Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (11 vols.)

This series is one of the most relevant, approachable, and distinctly-Catholic commentaries currently available. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput went so far as to say that it “should be on the shelf of every committed Catholic believer”—though it’s better in a Verbum library than on a bookshelf!

10. Sacra Pagina New Testament Commentary Series (18 vols.)

If you’re hungry for a more academic commentary, Verbum users love the Sacra Pagina (along with the Berit Olam, its Old Testament counterpart). This series is read and respected by Catholic and non-Catholic scholars alike.

 

11. New American Bible, rev. ed. (NABRE)

The NABRE is, arguably, the most popular contemporary Catholic biblical translation. Aside from the original NAB, this version is the most similar to the text used in the Lectionary for Mass.

 

 

12. Catechism of the Catholic Church

Promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II in 1992, this monumental work is a “sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine.” Despite being included in every Verbum library, the book itself is frequently purchased by new users and non-Catholics who are curious about Church teaching.

 

13. Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy, and Evangelization

Released shortly before Fr. Robert Barron was appointed auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, this book features a collection of essays on contemporary Catholic theology. Bishop Barron is known for his masterful synthesis of pop culture and orthodox exposition, making this volume particularly relevant in this era of the “New Evangelization.”

14. Fathers of the Church Series (127 vols.)

This series from the Catholic University of America is, simply put, the pinnacle of modern patristic scholarship. Comprising nearly 50,000 pages of comprehensively-tagged content, the Verbum version is the most affordable and efficient way to study the Fathers of the Church.

15. Catholic Study Bible, 2nd ed.

Intended for use with the New American Bible, rev. ed., this supplemental volume includes detailed commentary, reading guides, maps, and other aids to help the reader comprehend Scripture in its entirety. It’s been available in Verbum for a number of years, but it remains a bestseller to this day.

 

To add 2015’s best books to your library, visit Verbum.com/2015!

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

Mark Wheeler’s Favorite Resources: Now with a Bundling Discount!

Several months ago, Verbum Sales Representative Mark Wheeler had an idea to combine some of his favorite resources. He says, “I noticed a lot of high quality resources that would go well together. Also, I wanted to see people get the best deal possible.”

The result was The Liturgical Press Academic bundle, which includes the following series:

If  you’ve already purchased any of these resources on their own, you’ll get a dynamic pricing on the complete bundle. That means you won’t be charged for what you already own, and you still get a great bundling discount on everything new. It’s a fantastic deal!

Available for several months, this bundle has been very popular, especially with customers who already own parts of it.

The Liturgical Press Academic bundle “fills a much-needed gap for Catholic biblical scholarship,” Mark notes, adding, “Rarely has such excellent Catholic scholarship been accessible at such a reasonable price.”

Thank you for taking the initiative, Mark!

Liturgical Press Academic bundle

4 Reasons to Love Pre-Publication

Have you ever pre-ordered a book on Verbum.com? If so, you already know what a great deal it is. If not, you’re missing out! Here are four reasons you should take advantage of Pre-Publication:

 1) You will save money

Pre-Publication is the best deal you’ll get on a Verbum resource. Save up to 50% when you pre-order a new book or collection—once it’s produced, the price will never be that low again. Pre-order early for the best deal!

 2) You choose which books we produce

Pre-Publication works like other crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, GoFundMe, etc.). You tell us which books to invest in, and we give you a great deal on the books we produce. Share with your friends to ensure your books get funded!

 3) There’s no financial commitment

You don’t pay a cent until your book is ready for download, and you can cancel your pre-order at any time. Lock in your risk-free pre-order discount!

 4) You get free gifts (for a limited time)!

By pre-ordering select resources, you’ll earn promotional codes worth $10, $20, or $50 off a future order. This offer is only good until July 31—check it out at Verbum.com/Pre-Publication!

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.4?

We just rolled out another update to Verbum Now. This new version (6.4) includes the latest features, media, and datasets for your Verbum library. If you’re already subscribed to Verbum Now, your new content is detailed below. If not, start your free month of Verbum Now to ensure you’re not missing out on the latest and greatest updates!

 Here’s what’s new in 6.4

Systematic Theologies Guide: Verbum searches your systematic theology resources for biblical references and then organizes the results according to standard theological categories. These results are then further broken down according to the generational/denominational affiliation of the author. Discover what Modern, Medieval, and Patristic theologians say about a specific passage of Scripture. Non-Catholic interpretations of the biblical text are also included.

References Concordance: The concordance tool builds an index of all the data in any resource in your library and allows you to filter by primary source references such as biblical texts, Josephus, Homer, or Xenophon. Sort the results by heading to find all the places Josephus is cited or by count to see which references are cited most often.

New Testament Manuscript Explorer: Transform text-critical notations and details about New Testament manuscripts into a helpful interactive tool that enables you to navigate, sort, and filter countless manuscript witnesses to the text of the New Testament. Find all the manuscripts that are a part of the Byzantine Text type and more.

Narrative Character Maps, Vol. 2: New character maps are now available for Abraham, Isaac, and 1 Samuel.

Before and After, Vol. 2: New interactive media allows you to view images of ancient sites as they once stood and as they appear now. Use the slider to view the remains of the Temple of Artemis then view the modern-day remains.

Old Testament Propositional Outlines: New outlines are available for 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, & Nehemiah.

 Plus new resources for you to try throughout July

Until the end of the month, you’ll enjoy free access to the following resources:

Stay tuned to the Verbum Blog for more updates to Verbum Now. If you haven’t yet subscribed, make sure to get your first month free!

Q and A with Author Shaun McAfee

Verbum is proud to feature Shaun McAfee, author of Filling our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us about Evangelization, available on pre-publication now.

We recently interviewed Shaun, who is serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan. Thank you, Shaun, for your service to our country and for your support of Verbum!

1. How did you become a fan of Verbum?

My earliest experience with Verbum was hearing and reading Steve Ray and Scott Hahn praise the product, shortly after I had converted to the Catholic faith. Their positive experience and endorsement of Verbum seemed very genuine. I briefly checked it out and was interested, but I must have put it off for some reason. Months later, I found success in blogging and started a Master’s degree in Dogmatic Theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary. During my graduate work, I learned that all my writing heroes were not just huge supporters of Verbum, but heavy users. At a Catholic Apologetics Academy with Patrick Madrid in early 2014, I was further amazed by the strength of this product when I met with one of Verbum’s sales representatives. At that point, I had to have it.

I got the product and loved it immediately—no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. I wondered how I worked without it for so long. As a growing academic, writer, and Lay Dominican, Verbum became the best investment I had ever made. It still is, really. My passion to get this in the hands of others swelled, and I approached Holy Apostles Seminary about striking a deal with Verbum to get this product to more students. Verbum was generous, and granted a 30-50% off the software (depending on student status). Even while I serve here in Afghanistan, I have Verbum on all of my media devices, and I constantly refer to them in writing and personal study. I wouldn’t just say I became a fan—I became an ambassador!

2. What’s the thing you like best about Verbum 6?

That’s a tough one. Verbum 6 was not a mere systems upgrade, like Windows, to correct problems—it was an all-out change to the fundamental use and capability of Verbum. That’s one thing I appreciate about the folks at Verbum: they understand that people these days are tired of unnecessary upgrades. We like value-added improvements, features, and innovations, and that’s what Verbum did with 6. Personally, I enjoy the dashboard in 6 a lot more: better reading, relevant topics, great graphics, and share-worthy content every day!

3. How does Verbum help your faith grow?

My conversion to the Catholic Church, and my life since, has been ingrained with study. I studied my way into the Catholic Church, learning the truths and the reasons, and how to tell others about that. Those facts became faith. The intellectual became highly personal, and any aid to that study aided in my personal growth.

 4. What do you think is the best way to spread the word about Verbum Catholic Products?

What is Verbum not doing to spread the word?! They just dropped a huge sum of money to support Lumen, their high school curriculum, they sponsor giveaways, and they seem to be at every major event. I suppose the MBA in me is thinking that the real nuggets of growth come from word-of-mouth referrals. I call this Chatter Marketing. When the product is good, and that company does everything it can to support and entertain its users, they’re going to talk. I’ve talked, no kidding, 10 close friends into buying Verbum, and worked for 5 months to attain the deal for my beloved college, Holy Apostles College and Seminary. When people really believe in something, they want others to know about it. Users of Verbum should share this great product with their peers.

Get a Verbum library today, and be sure to lock in introductory pricing on McAfee’s Filling our Father’s House!

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