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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!

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!

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!

What’s New in Verbum Now

Every day we’re working hard on innovative solutions to the problems you encounter in your study of the Faith. Our team regularly develops exciting new features, datasets, tools, and more to give you a deeper understanding of Scripture and Tradition.

In the past, you had to wait until the next release of our software to access extensive updates like these. But whether you’re a priest, scholar, student, or an everyday Catholic with a passion for Scripture study, we recognize that you want the latest and best tools to help you dig deeper into Scripture and the life of the Church, right now.

That’s why we created Verbum Now—roughly every six weeks, we roll out our newest developments so you can use them in your Scripture study immediately. It’s easy to get started with Verbum Now; you can even get your first month free.

We just released our newest features and tools to Verbum Now members—if you’ve been waiting to subscribe, this is the time to start. Here’s what’s new:

Trial Resources

For the month of June, Verbum Now members have access to The Life and Works of Athanasius the Great. New resources will be available for trial in July.

Training Videos

We’ve partnered with our sister software, Logos, to bring you general-purpose training for Verbum’s most powerful tools. The “Logos Pro” team has been hard at work building helpful videos that guide you through all of Logos/Verbum’s powerful features. We’ve even tagged these videos so that, for instance, if you search for “help concordance,” you’ll find a Logos Pro video that will show you how to use that feature.

Discover the new Grammars section

Search any verse in the Exegetical Guide, and Verbum displays cross-references according to spelling conventions, the origin of a word, the way the word is constructed, and much more. The Grammars section helps you sift through cross-references to find discussions that relate specifically to the questions you want answered about syntax or morphology. This allows you to investigate results from your reference grammars by type or by language.

  • In “Subject” view, search results from reference grammars are grouped by “Type” (Prolegomena, Exegesis, Orthography, etc).
  • In “Resource” view, grammars are organized by language. These groups can be expanded or collapsed like other guide subsections.

 Discover the new Grammatical Constructions section

Powered by the Greek Grammatical Constructions dataset, this section shows you what Greek Grammatical Constructions occur in the text you’re studying and list the results by type. This allows you to:

  • Identify Greek grammatical constructions present in the text you’re studying
  • Search the New Testament for other occurrences of a grammatical construction, like Granville Sharp’s rule
  • Discover the syntactical value of each construction

 New features in Concordance

With the latest update, you can build a concordance for any resource, and then filter its contents by language, headings, and lemmas. For English Bibles for which we have reverse interlinears, you can even filter word-sense data or biblical people, places, or things. You can quickly discover which character is mentioned most in the book of Acts, or discover the most commonly-used senses in a book, chapter, or passage.

  • New filter options for Bible word sense data and biblical entities data have been added to the Concordance tool. Concord by lemmas in Reverse Interlinears or discover references to people, places, and things across your Bible.

 Additional books completed for OT Propositional Outlines

Reformat Bible text into an outline that labels the purpose of each line in the Old Testament and relates each segment to the surrounding text. Below is the list of books currently available with this feature:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • Esther
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah

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

Celebrate Pentecost with Verbum

We at Verbum wish all of our readers and software users a blessed Pentecost!

We also encourage you to enhance your Biblical understanding with the full Old and New Testament commentaries from the University of Navarre.  While individual titles of the Navarre commentary are available, along with the New and Old Testament may be purchased as sets, Verbum Capstone library is the only base package that includes the full commentary.

Take a look at this Sunday’s Gospel, Jn 20:19-23, in the Navarre Bible commentary, including in-depth discussion of each verse, along with pertinent references to Papal writings and other valuable resources from the Tradition.

Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples (20:19–23)

Jn 20:19–20. Jesus appears to the apostles on the evening of the day on which he rose. He presents himself without any need for the doors to be opened, by using the qualities of his glorified body; but in order to dispel any impression that he is only a spirit he shows them his hands and his side: there is no longer any doubt of its being Jesus himself, about his being truly risen from the dead. He greets them twice using the words of greeting customary among the Jews, with the same tenderness as he previously used put into this salutation. These friendly words dispel the fear and shame the apostles must have been feeling at behaving so disloyally during his passion: he has recreated the normal atmosphere of intimacy, and now he will endow them with transcendental powers.

Jn 20:21. Pope Leo XIII explained how Christ transferred his own mission to the apostles: ‘What did he wish in regard to the Church founded, or about to be founded? This: to transmit to it the same mission and the same mandate which he had received from the Father, that they should be perpetuated. This he clearly resolved to do: this he actually did’ [Here the Pope cites Jn 20:21 and Jn 17:18.]. […] When about to ascend into heaven he sends his Apostles in virtue of the same power by which he had been sent from the Father; and he charges them to spread abroad and propagate his teachings (cf. Mt 21:19), so that those obeying the Apostles might be saved, and those disobeying should perish (cf. Mk 16:16). […] Hence he commands that the teaching of the Apostles should be religiously accepted and piously kept as if it were his own: ‘He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me’ (Lk 10:16). Wherefore the Apostles are ambassadors of Christ as he is the ambassador of the Father” (Satis cognitum). In this mission the bishops are the successors of the apostles: “Christ sent the Apostles, as he himself had been sent by the Father, and then through the apostles made their successors, the bishops, sharers in his consecration and mission. The function of the bishops’ ministry was handed over in a subordinate degree to priests so that they might be appointed in the order of the priesthood and be co-workers of the episcopal order for the proper fulfilment of the apostolic mission that had been entrusted to it by Christ” (Vatican II, Presbyterorum ordinis, 2).

Jn 20:22–23. The Church has always understood—and has in fact defined—that Jesus Christ here conferred on the Apostles authority to forgive sins, a power which is exercised in the sacrament of Penance. ‘The Lord then especially instituted the sacrament of Penance when, after being risen from the dead, he breathed upon his disciples and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit …’. The consensus of all the Fathers has always acknowledged that by this action so sublime and words so clear the power of forgiving and retaining sins was given to the Apostles and their lawful successors for reconciling the faithful who have fallen after Baptism’ (Council of Trent, De Paenitentia, chap. 1).
The sacrament of Penance is the most sublime expression of God’s mercy, described so vividly in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (cf. Lk 15:11–32). The Lord always awaits us, with his arms wide open, waiting for us to repent—and then he will forgive us and restore us to the dignity of being his sons.
The popes have consistently recommended Christians to have regular recourse to this sacrament: “For a constant and speedy advancement in the path of virtue we highly recommend the pious practice of frequent confession, introduced by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; for by this means we grow in a true knowledge of ourselves and in Christian humility, bad habits are uprooted, spiritual negligence and apathy are prevented, the conscience is purified and the will strengthened, salutary spiritual direction is obtained, and grace is increased by the efficacy of the sacrament itself” (Pius XII, Mystici Corporis) (194-5).

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Pentecost by Titian, 1545

Verbum’s $5 Million Giveaway

Verbum’s $5 million dollar grant to Catholic high schools is well under way and we’ve had amazing success in connecting to great Catholic schools. Today, we want to turn the spotlight onto two of our grant recipients: Benet Academy and Hackett Catholic Preparatory High School.

Founded in 1887 and staffed by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Benet Academy has a long history of academic and spiritual excellence. Freshman theology teacher Kevin Clemens advocated for Benet to apply for the Verbum grant and is looking forward to spearheading the use of our curriculum in the fall. Students will begin to use the Lumen curriculum on iPads, and Mr. Clemens is looking forward to being able to introduce students to the riches of the faith in new and exciting ways:

The ability to move seamlessly within Verbum from the Scriptures to the Catechism to the writings of the popes and Church Fathers has greatly improved my ability to develop dynamic lessons. My hope for using Verbum more widely in the classroom is that my students not just study about Jesus Christ, but rather encounter Him in the living word as we receive it from the Church.

It doesn’t hurt that Benet alumnus, Fr. Robert Barron, is featured throughout the Lumen curriculum in his popular Word on Fire videos. This partnership between Verbum and Benet Academy fits right in to the solidly Catholic ethos of the school.

Another notable grant recipient is Hackett Catholic Prep in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Deacon Kurt Lucas teaches in the Theology department at Hackett and has been an enthusiastic advocate of the Lumen program. Deacon Kurt has been a faithful Verbum user since 2006 and is very excited that Verbum has launched a high school program. He hopes to expand use of the curriculum to the higher grade levels ASAP. We look forward to working with Hackett Prep and all our Verbum grant schools.

It’s not too late for your school to take advantage of our grant program! Visit www.verbum.com/education/5million and contact us today to get your share of $5 million dollars in curriculum software.

The Church and Technology, Part I

Pope Francis made headlines last month when he spoke to thousands of altar servers in Rome.

Interestingly, the headline from the Catholic Herald UK  read “Young People Shouldn’t Waste Their Time on Cell Phones,” as if the Pope just wanted to scold the young altar servers about talking on cell phones and surfing the internet.

A cursory reading of Francis’ remarks to the teens, however, reveals that the Pope simply made a distinction between the ways one can use one’s time. While acknowledging that time is a gift from God that shouldn’t be wasted, he referred to “products of technology” that “should simplify and improve the quality of life,” but may distract people from what’s truly important.

Catholics live in the world, and as Catholics, we believe that the world is good.

But what do we think about technology?

In a prepared statement before the Catholic Communication Collaboration Technology Conference in August in Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose-Gomez proclaimed that the “digital ‘landscape’ is new mission territory for the church.”

The Pope’s social media expert, Monsignor Paul Tighe, also spoke at the conference, re-affirming the necessity for the Church to be involved in technological developments. He stated that the digital world is “reality,” adding that Catholics “need to be part of the digital world,” or “we’re going to be absent from the experience and from the lives of many people.”

 

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