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The New Verbum Is Here

Something powerful happens when we study the Mind of the Church. Familiar stories become richer, old truths more meaningful, and new discoveries change our lives. And at Verbum, we want you to experience that for yourself.

That’s why when we made Verbum 8, we challenged ourselves to create new ways for you to take the next step in your Catholic study, whether you’re a scholar or are just beginning to study the Church for yourself.

And that meant making Verbum easier to use than ever.

Introducing Workflows

In Verbum 8, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for many approaches to Catholic study.

Choose your goal— like Lectio Divina, homily prep, or exegesis—and Verbum 8 lays out the books and tools to use each step along the way. We don’t just give you what you need, we explain how to use it.

Even if you know the steps you need to take in your study, you’ll appreciate Workflows. You’ll discover books and tools you didn’t even know you had, and perhaps most exciting, you can create your own workflow from scratch. You can even share your expertise by making that workflow public.

Clean, simple organization

From the moment you open Verbum 8, you’ll find clear ways to jump right into Catholic study. The redesigned Home Page provides quick links to your favorite workflows, reading plans, layouts, and other resources central to your study.

We’ve improved Notes, making it easier to organize your thoughts and capture insights on a biblical passage or resource.

The same goes for your books and documents. Whether you’re looking for that passage list on prayer you made three years ago or a solid commentary on Romans, you’ll find it in a few clicks thanks to Verbum 8’s clean, simple organization.

A new way to visualize biblical truth

Everybody has their favorite way to work the biblical text. Some highlight, others underline and circle, and some take notes. Others go the extra mile and diagram sentences and do detailed outlines of the passage.

Whatever your style, with Canvas in Verbum 8, you get a set of easy-to-use tools to help you mark up, outline, and create beautiful images based on Scripture

Deeper Catholic study for everyone

Take a look at everything new in Verbum 8, and let us know what you think. We’re confident Verbum 8 will make your Catholic study easier and even more rewarding, whether you’ve been studying the Church in-depth for decades or are just getting started.

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!

Leverage Verbum’s Visual Filters

Verbum has dozens of powerful tools, but sometimes the little things you don’t even know to look for can be incredibly helpful. This week, we want to draw your attention to Verbum’s Visual Filters with this excerpt from our Verbum 360 Training, which is currently free with any Verbum 6 Library as part of the Easter Sale.

Get the end of this chapter and training on all your favorite tools with the complete Verbum 360 Training—free!

 

Learn to Use the Verbum App (part 2)

The Verbum Catholic Bible Study app is a free, powerful scripture study tool for your mobile device. Start studying now with the most powerful Catholic App ever made.

Check out the video below to learn how to use some of the study tools included in the Verbum App:

Using Study Tools in the Verbum App

Get the Verbum App today by simply typing in “Verbum” to your app store and downloading the app. If you’re reading this on your device, you can download the Verbum App right now on:

iOS

Android

or for Kindle Fire

Study the Holy Family in Verbum

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. In honor of this feast day, I thought we could take a quick look at Holy Family in Verbum. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to begin a study:

 
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The Year of Faith and Verbum’s Catechism Collection

Year of Faith LogoThe Year of Faith was instituted as an opportunity for every Catholic to turn toward Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments—especially the Eucharist—and rediscover the Faith and the Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics were asked “to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.”[1]

Though the Year of Faith is over in a formal sense, it persists through the Faithful who are called to study the Scriptures and Tradition so as to deeper their faith.

Verbum’s Catechism Collection is the perfect way to engage the Church’s call to study the Catechism and conciliar documents. With the Catechism Collection, you get all the Vatican II documents, two Bibles, the Sources of Catholic Dogma, the Catholic Lectionary, and more.

The best part? It’s only $49.95.

Open up a new world of study possibilities.

CatechismIn Verbum, the Catechism connects you to the entirety of the Faith. Open the most important citations in the Catechism with just one click. Jump from the Catechism to the Vatican II documents, and from the Vatican II documents to Scripture or other important Church councils. Study the Church’s Faith with confidence. Make new connections between Holy Scripture and the doctrines and dogma of the Church.

The Year of Faith has ended, but only in name. In many ways, the Year of Faith is extending into the next year and beyond as the Church continues look to Christ as the “One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). And, in many other ways, the Year of Faith will echo well into the halls of eternity as those who have made a profession of faith this year continue to seek out the kingdom of God.

Continue the year of Faith well beyond 2014 with the Catechism of the Catholic Church Collection in Verbum. Get it today for only $49.95.

Clementine Vulgate Now Has Morphological and Lemma Data

This post was written by Louis St. Hilaire

We’ve just shipped a free update to the Clementine Vulgate, which adds morphological and lemma tagging to the Latin text.

This tagging is important for a few reasons. First of all, it allows you to quickly see possible parsings of a word by hovering over it. Secondly, it lets you quickly look up a word in a lexicon such as Lewis & Short no matter what form the word is in.

Most importantly, though, it lets you use Verbum’s Morph Search to perform powerful searches by lemma or morphological form. Just right-click a word, select “Lemma” or a specific morphological form on the right, then select Morph search on the left. [click the image to enlarge]

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This makes it easy to study the usage of a particular word across the Vulgate. For instance, I can use the search on Lemma for “pereo” to find all occurrences of this verb in the Vulgate, regardless of form:

LemmaSearch

Or I can search for a specific form, such as all occurrences of “pater” in the accusative singular:

MorphSearch

Note that, at this point, we’ve just used an automated process to apply the tagging. This means that some words might have been missed and forms that are ambiguous are just tagged with all the possible parsings. Nonetheless, this tagging represents an important step forward for Latin functionality in Verbum and enriches the text substantially.

The Clementine Vulgate is included in all our Verbum libraries, and you can learn more about morphological searching in Practicum.

The Catholic Topical Index: Studying the Immaculate Conception

Today we’re going to take a closer look into the Catholic Topical Index, one of the brand new tools and resources you get in the Verbum Plus libraries. The Catholic Topical Index is extremely easy to use, revolutionizing the way that you study in Verbum.

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

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Practicum is almost here!

We’ve been working hard to put the finishing touches on Practicum—our expert training video series—available now on Pre-Pub for 43% off. Verbum has rapidly evolved over the past year, and Practicum gives you the most up-do-date instruction on everything you need to know about using Verbum.

Here’s a sneak peak:

 

Practicum gives you:

  • Nearly 5 hours of instruction
  • Extensive coverage of Verbum functionality, tools, and techniques
  • Instruction in research methodologies from a Catholic perspective
  • Original language instruction designed for both Greek/Hebrew novices and experts
  • High-definition video that lets you pause, playback, and review—allowing you to set your own pace
  • Much, much more.

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