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Painting of the Week: Christ on the Cross

Rembrandt’s painting of the Crucifixion emphasizes the divine drama in this pivotal moment of our Faith.

In Rembrandt’s representation, Christ’s body is stretched out on the cross. The background appears empty, underscoring his abandonment by the disciples and his being forsaken by the Father. The sign above his head reads, “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38), which Roman soldiers intended to humiliate him. [Read more…]

What We Read This Month: Highlights from the Verbum Team

Every month members of the Verbum team share what they read and watched in Verbum and around the web.

Angela Lott, Verbum and Logos Library Specialist:

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I’m doing a study on the kingdom of God. Currently I am working through Scott Hahn’s The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles. I enjoy the way Hahn makes complicated concepts easy to understand. He gives a wealth of insight into the worldview of the author of Chronicles, which assists us in better understanding biblical covenants and New Testament concepts. [Read more…]

The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Verbum Sacred Poem of the Week)

Welcome to Verbum’s new series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects.

Today’s poem is “The Windhover.” All poetry is meant to be read aloud, and this poem especially benefits from it, due to the density of alliteration and unique rhyme scheme. [Read more…]

The Full but Neglected Backpack

This is a guest post from author and apologist Steve Ray.

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A Christian can be compared to a man on a journey.

As soon as the traveler crested the hill, he knew he was in dire straits. He was lost and desperately weary from hours of trudging down dusty paths, and his tongue was swollen with thirst. The leather pack his mother had given him grew heavier by the mile. He was nowhere near his destination. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes

This grim piece from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is called Giuditta e Oloferne, or “Judith Beheading Holofernes.” It depicts Judith, a young widow, decapitating Holofernes after pretending to ally herself with the enemy.

The deuterocanonical book of Judith describes Judith seducing Holofernes (the leader of the enemy troops), getting him drunk, then taking her sword and beheading him. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of St. Peter

This piece from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is called Crocifissione di san Pietro, or “The Crucifixion of Saint Peter.” It depicts the martyrdom of St. Peter described in the Acts of Peter. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: The Calling of Saint Matthew

This piece from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is called Vocazione di san Matteo, or “The Calling of Saint Matthew.” It depicts the moment described in Mark 2:13–14 when Jesus inspires Matthew to follow him.

There is some debate about which man in the painting is Matthew, but most believe it to the bearded one at the table. [Read more…]

How to Get Verbum 8: All Your Options Clearly Explained

The new version of Verbum is here. It’s redesigned in a big way to be faster and easier to use than ever.

Whether you’ve never owned Verbum or have been with us from the start, here are all your options for how to get Verbum 8, clearly explained. I’ll also explain why some customers choose one option over another.

You can also call us at 888-875-9491 to get more personalized help choosing the right option for you. [Read more…]

Just Hours to Save on the C.S. Lewis Collection

The C.S. Lewis week is winding down, but you still have a few hours to get his collection in Verbum for 30% off.

Here are three reasons why you should (besides the fact that he’s one of the most influential Christian writers and apologists of all time and his books are incredible). [Read more…]

Ember Days, Catholics, and Fasting

The Ember Days are upon us!  The what? you ask. The Ember Days.  They are making a comeback in the Catholic Church after a long absence following the changes of the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, which significantly revised a Catholic’s obligation for fasting. [Read more…]

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