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Verbum Now April Preview Resources

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Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life

Edited by Kent Eilers and Kyle C. Strobel

Books on the Christian life abound. Some focus on spirituality, others on practices, and others still on doctrines such as justification or forgiveness. Few offer an account of the Christian life that portrays redeemed Christian existence within the multifaceted and beautiful whole of the Christian confession. This book attempts to fill that gap. It provides a constructive, specifically theological interpretation of the Christian life according to the nature of God’s grace. This means coordinating the Triune God, his reconciling, justifying, redemptive, restorative, and otherwise transformative action with those practices of the Christian life emerging from it. The doctrine of the Christian life developed here unifies doctrine and life, confession and practice within the divine economy of grace.

Drawing together some of the most important theologians in the church today, Sanctified by Grace is a shared work of dogmatic theology oriented to redeemed Christian existence.

Christ Is God Over All: Romans 9:5 in the Context of Romans 9–11

by George Carraway

George Carraway suggests that Paul meant to refer to Jesus as God in Romans 9:5, and that the apostle’s statement is not out of place in the given how Romans 9–11 unfolds. He addresses objections to this conclusion, responding to those who claim that a monotheist such as Paul would not refer to Jesus as God, and to those who point out that Paul does not elsewhere identify Jesus as God. After demonstrating that there is a connection between Romans 9:5 and the remainder of Romans 9–11, the argument continues to tie Paul’s monotheistic statements regarding the one God of both Jews and gentiles in Romans 3 to the concept of the one Lord of all in Romans 10:5-13. Carraway concludes that the redeemer from Zion in 11:25–27 is Christ, and is the same as the Christ from Israel in 9:5.

Conversion in Luke and Paul: An Exegetical and Theological Exploration

by David S. Morlan

This study explores the conversion theologies of Luke and Paul. For Luke and Paul, conversion played an important role in the early Christian experience. Morlan offers a fresh look into how they interpreted this phenomenon. Morlan traverses representative texts in the Lukan and Pauline corpus equipped with three theological questions. What is the change involved in this conversion? Why is conversion necessary? Who is responsible for conversion?

Morlan presents theological and exegetical analysis of Luke 15, Acts 2 and 17:16–34, Romans 2 and Romans 9–11 to answer these questions, and, in turn, builds theological profiles for both Luke and Paul. These profiles provide fresh insight into the theological relationship between Luke and Paul, showing significant similarities as well as sharp contrasts between them. Similarities surface between Luke and Paul concerning the centrality of Christology in their conversion theologies. While showing a complex relationship between human and divine agency in conversion, both Luke and Paul understand successful conversion to be impossible without the intervention of an agency outside of the pre-convert.


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Thomas Keating Collection (7 vols.)

John Chrysostom and the Transformation of the City

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Verbum Now March Preview Resources

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Thomas Keating Collection (7 vols.)

Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer movement and internationally renowned theologian, is known as a public speaker and teacher of Centering Prayer—a revival of contemplative meditation intended to grow the Christian’s personal relationship with God. Influenced by Christian mystics and spiritual traditions from the East, Keating has written a number of books on the practice of Centering Prayer and the contemplative prayer experience. This collection contains the core trilogy of his works, Open Mind, Open Heart, Mystery of Christ, and Invitation to Love, as well as a number of his other works and daily devotionals compiled from his writings, designed to actualize the main ideas he conveys.

*Note: Father Keating could be seen as a contentious author, leaving some to wonder if his spiritual teaching is in congruence with the teachings of the Church. Nevertheless, he has made an impact in the life of the Church, so explore, discern, and find out for yourself.

John Chrysostom and the Transformation of the City

John Chrysostom was one of the most prolific and admired Christian preachers of the fourth century AD. Operating in both Antioch and Constantinople, he was constantly concerned for the spiritual welfare of his flock, especially when he saw them surrounded by the secular temptations of city life in the later Roman Empire. His preaching was tailored to combat these temptations and to encourage his congregation to live more obviously orthodox lives. Previous studies of Chrysostom have been almost entirely biographical in nature. This book conducts a much needed thematic exploration of his preaching, shedding light both on gender relations in late antiquity and also on the practical processes by which Christianity established itself as a dominant social structure in the Roman Empire.

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Second Temple Period Collection (19 vols.)

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Verbum Now February Preview Resources

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Second Temple Period Collection (19 vols.)

The Second Temple Period Collection culls select academic work from a variety of disciplines in order to fully reveal the importance of this era’s literary output and history. It features titles dedicated to the exposition of single topics, comprehensive histories, and commentaries on specific apocryphal and pseudepigraphal works that were composed during the Second Temple Period.

The Second Temple Period spans from roughly 515 B.C. to 70 A.D. (from the rebuilding of the Temple after the Babylonian exile to the destruction of the Temple by the Romans). This period of time covers both the span between the Old and New Testaments and the time during which nearly all the New Testament events took place. Studying the Second Temple Period, and the literature it produced, is therefore of paramount importance to understanding the cultural and historical background to the Christian scriptures.

The Second Temple Period Collection also includes Lorenzo DiTommaso’s A Bibliography of Pseudepigrapha Research 1850-1999. This substantial volume covers nearly all secondary literature on pseudepigrapha research. A reference work without peer in English, and an invaluable resource for all those interested in the Pseudepigrapha.

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Tertullian and Paul
Select Works of Tertullian and Minucius Felix (2 vols.)

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Verbum Now January Preview Resources

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Tertullian and Paul

This collection of essays presents a collaborative attempt to understand, critique, and appreciate one of the earliest and most influential interpreters of Paul, and thereby better understand and appreciate both the dynamic event of early patristic exegesis and the Pauline texts themselves. Each chapter takes a two-pronged approach, beginning with a patristic scholar considering the topic at hand followed by a New Testament response. This results in a fast-paced and illuminating interdisciplinary volume.

Select Works of Tertullian and Minucius Felix (2 vols.)

Discover the history of Latin Christendom with two of the first Christian apologists in The Select Works of Tertullian and Minucius Felix. Examine original Latin text alongside its English translation as you study Latin Christendom, its core beliefs, ethics, and the cultural forces of the time. In both Apology and De Spectaculis, Tertullian discusses the life of the time and the influences on thinking and writing in the Latin world. Minucius Felix continues the exploration of Latin Christendom in his Octavius, with a discussion of the social and religious conditions in Rome at the end of the second century, including the interactions between Roman and African Christianity.

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The Letters of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ
Christian Philosophy in the Early Church

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Verbum Now December Preview Resources

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The Letters of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

The Letters of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan provides a translation of St. Ambrose’s correspondence with emperors, clergy, theological opponents, and leaders in both the East and the West. With brief introductions to each letter, you instantly get a glance into the context of each letter, and with translation notes on every page, you’ll find deeper theological insights contained in Ambrose’s writing.

A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ

Thomas à Kempis’ reflections on testimonies concerning the Incarnation from the Old and New Testaments. Also included are 35 sermons, including 5 Christmas sermons and the short essay “Hearing and Speaking Good Words.”

Christian Philosophy in the Early Church

Fr. Anthony Meredith a concise and accessible overview of the response of early Christian thought to classical philosophy and its integration into Christian theology.

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For a limited time, Verbum Now members also enjoy discounts on the following resources, which were featured as previews in November:

Modern Christian Theology
The Apostolic Fathers, part 1, vol 1
The Apostolic Fathers, part 1, vol 2

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November Preview Resources

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Modern Christian Theology

Christopher Ben Simpson tells the story of modern Christian theology against the backdrop of the history of modernity itself. Modern Christian Theology examines the many ways that theology became modern while seeing how modernity arose in no small part from theology. These intertwined stories progress through four parts, spanning from the beginnings of modernity in the late Middle Ages and progressing through the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenments and awakenings of the eighteenth-century, the nineteenth-century, and through the twentieth-century’s crisis—covering each key personalities or movements from Karl Barth to the nouvelle théologie, liberation theology, and conservative Protestantism in America.

The Apostolic Fathers, part 1, vol 1 and vol 2: St. Clement of Rome

Joseph Barber Lightfoot was an important nineteenth-century Anglican scholar of the Apostolic Fathers, who published editions and translations of them and is particularly known for his defense of the authenticity of the letters of St. Ignatius. Part 1 of his Apostolic Fathers includes his edition and studies on the writings of St. Clement of Rome.

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For a limited time, Verbum Now members also enjoy discounts on the following resources, which were featured as previews over the last three months:

T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint
The International Theological Commentary: Joel
Classic Studies on the New Testament Apocrypha (12 vols.)
Collected Homilies of St. John Chrysostom
History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
Romans through History and Culture Series (5 vols.)

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What’s New in Verbum Now 6.10?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Miracles of the Bible Interactive

The miracles in the Bible are surrounded by a lot of narrative text. That makes comparing and contrasting them difficult. The Miracles of the Bible interactive allows you to sort the miracles of the Bible into categories like type (healing, provision, resurrection, etc.), people involved, location, and book of the Bible. Find all the miracles done by Moses, the miracles involving a piece of clothing, or the miracles done in Galilee. Or combine any of these categories—for example, find all the miracles the Israelites experienced involving provision.

Speaking to God Interactive

The Speaking to God interactive displays every conversation with God in the Bible. You can then sort them by type (a dialogue or monologue), the persons involved, and the content (petition, praise, complaint, confession, intercession, etc.). If you want to find every intercessory prayer made by Moses on behalf of the Isralites, the Speaking to God interactive allows you to find them in two clicks.

Link a Lexicon to a Bible

With this feature, jump from an English translation to Greek and Hebrew lexicons with one click. Build a layout you’ll come back to over and over again by linking your favorite lexicons to your English Bible. Move seamlessly from the Bible you’re reading to discussions of the Greek or Hebrew words behind the English translation.

Lexham SGNT Syntactic Force Dataset

Identifying the syntactic force, or use, of a Greek word is a task that many Greek students find difficult and often view as subjective. For instance, the Greek genitive, often translated with “of” in English, can carry a large range of meaning. When Paul states that the “love of Christ controls us,” does he mean that our love for Christ controls us? Or that Christ’s love for us controls us? Or that the love that controls us has a Christ-like quality? These are difficult questions that aren’t easily answered. With this dataset, you can search any interlinear version of the Bible for the syntactic force of a word. Looking for places other than Matthew 28:20 where the word “teach” is considered an instrumental participle? With the Lexham SGNT Syntactic Force Dataset, you can easily find them.

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Gain free access to The St. Joseph Collection (3 vols.) during the month of March!

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What’s New in Verbum Now 6.9?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Biblical Theology Guide Section

Understand how biblical theologians have interpreted the passage you’re studying and how it relates to redemptive history. Open Genesis 1:1 in your Passage Guide and find everywhere that text appears in the context of discussions about Theology Proper, Bibliology, Christology, and more. Your resources are further categorized by type such as Old Testament, New Testament, Whole Bible, Pauline Epistles, and more.

Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer

Understand the textual transmission of the Old Testament with the Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer. In a glance, see all the extant Hebrew manuscripts and filter by date, contents, holding institute, and more. You can even click through to see high resolution photographs of the manuscripts online.

Custom Home Page Layouts

Customizing your Verbum workspace is essential for efficient study. Now you can save your favorite workspace as a layout to be launched right from the homepage. Do you want to read the RSVCE alongside the Greek New Testament as part of your daily reading plan? Save it as a layout and start your study with a click. You can also create custom layouts to launch from the Go Box, Lectionary Reading, and more. Customize your layouts with any combination of tools and resources.

Systematic Theologies Interactive

Systematic theologians bring the entire biblical testimony to bear on specific, interrelated theological topics. The Systematic Theologies interactive curates data on both systematic theology resources and their authors, helping you become more informed about the content of the systematic theologies and how the backgrounds of the theologians shaped their works. Sort and filter by author, denomination, era, and type.

Proverbs Explorer, Volume 2

Volume 2 of this popular interactive and dataset expands the scope of the Proverbs Explorer to proverbs throughout the Old and New Testaments—not just the book of Proverbs. It even covers proverbial statements from Deuterocanonical literature.

Names of God Interactive: Deuterocanon

Volume 2 of the Names of God interactive adds all the references to God from the Deuterocanon. See how the surrounding literature of the Bible refers to and addresses God.

Update to Narrative Character Maps, Volume 2

Narrative Character Maps present the Bible’s familiar story arcs with a new visual perspective that makes sense of complex interweaving narratives. Color coded character lines elegantly present the geographic location of key players through time. This exclusive addition to Narrative Character Maps covers the time during Jesus’ public ministry.

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Read A Manual of Catholic Theology for free during the month of February!

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What’s New in Verbum Now 6.8?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

New Testament Use of the Old Testament

This new interactive lets you explore how New Testament authors cite, quote, allude to, or echo Old Testament texts. Display both Old Testament and New Testament passages in multiple versions for quick comparison—including the Hebrew or Greek Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. Find the passage you’re looking for using faceted search options such as speaker, themes, events, places, or things.

Lemma in Passage Guide Section

The Lemma in Passage section of the Passage Guide scours your library for every occurrence of the original language lemma in the passage you want to investigate. Results are categorized according to the dictionary form of the word, and organized by resource. The Lemma in Passage guide identifies everywhere a word appears in your library. For instance, the Greek word “logos” appears in the context of a discussion about John 1:1—even in resources not explicitly about the Gospel of John.

Reader’s Edition Interlinear

Reading ancient texts in their original languages can be both difficult and stressful, especially if you don’t know all the vocabulary. That’s why Greek and Hebrew Readers are popular tools for assisting students in their acquisition of a new language. Our new Reader’s Edition Interlinear lets you customize any original-language interlinear text according to your needs. Hide words according to frequency, leaving only the words you haven’t learned. Use the Reader’s Edition Interlinear in your language study and adapt it to your ever-changing educational needs.

Personal Letters Section

Personal letters are valuable resources that illuminate the context in which an author lived and wrote. The Personal Letters section in the Factbook now provides convenient access to these texts.

Corresponding Notes and Highlights

With Corresponding Notes, you can now see all the notes you’ve attached to biblical texts with reverse interlinears. Take a note on the Greek word Εὐχαριστοῦμεν (eucharistoumen) in your Greek New Testament, and with the Corresponding Notes feature, you’ll see that same note attached to the equivalent translation in your favorite biblical translations.

Old Testament Propositional Outlines update

The latest update to the OT Propositional Outlines Visual Filter adds Daniel and the Twelve Prophets. This update will complete the OT Propositional Outlines feature!

Two New Preview Resources

Read The Preparation of the Incarnation and Jesus Christ the Word Incarnate: Considerations Gathered from the Works of the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas for free until December 31!

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New Features in Verbum Now 6.7

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Confessional Documents Guide Section

With the new Confessional Documents section in the Passage Guide, you can incorporate some of the most formative documents from Church history into your Scripture study. See how every major creed, confession, and catechism treats the passage you’re studying. Search for Colossians 2:12 in the Passage Guide, open the Confessional Documents section, and find places where this passage is used in the discussion of Christology, Ecclesiology, and other standard theological categories.

Synopsis of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles

As with a harmony of the Gospels, instantly compare parallel texts in Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and other Old Testament passages to see how different authors narrate the same events and discover these authors’ unique emphases and purposes.

Passage Lists Visual Filter

Now you can view your Passage Lists as visual filters within the biblical text. Expose only the verses you want to study—even if they aren’t a part of the same biblical book. Open all the cross references to John 1:1 in your favorite version. Or create your own custom list of verses to compare all the epistolary prescripts in Paul’s letters. And you won’t just get a static list—you get the full functionality of Verbum right within the filtered text.

Proverbs Verse Art Collection

This exclusive media collection features brand new verse art based on some of the most beloved biblical Proverbs. Find them using your Media Browser, Factbook, Passage Guide, and anywhere else media appears in your software.

Additional Old Testament Propositional Outlines

We’ve added Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel to the Old Testament Propositional Outlines.

Preview Resource: The Life of St. Charles Borromeo

Read The Life of St. Charles Borromeo: Cardinal Archbishop of Milan for free until November 30!

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