Monday, April 14, 2014

Verbum

The Bear frequently mentions Verbum software. For amateur Catholic scholars, it is a wonderful tool. It is on the Bear's laptop, and also his Nexus 7 tablet. It's far more than an electronic library. It is cross-indexed, fully searchable, and has all sorts of markup capabilities. It also includes many tools such as passage analysis and word study, so even if you don't know Greek or Hebrew you can understand not only the definition of a word, but the root it comes from.

As an example of the things you can do with it, the Bear wanted to read The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila for Lent. It was easy to create a reading plan by selecting the book and typing in the dates. Now, every day, the segment to be read is marked out. If you can think of it, chances are Verbum has a way of doing it.

From the Pentateuch to Vatican II and beyond, it is hard to think of a significant Catholic resource that is not available. It's great to have multiple commentaries on scripture, too: St. Thomas Aquinas, Haydock, Navarre, and many others. There are also thousands of helpful graphics ranging from classic engravings to infographics.

You can find out more here.


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