What is Verbum?

Verbum is your digital platform for studying the Catholic faith. By giving you unparalleled access to a vast number of Catholic books, it will transform the way you interact with the Tradition. Instead of just reading volumes individually, you can explore your entire library by topic or reference and follow ideas through multiple texts. Link from any quote to its source with a click, or double-click a word to look it up. With Verbum, every word is an opportunity for deeper study.

What is Verbum?

Superior books

Verbum’s books dynamically interact with every other book you own. New books integrate seamlessly; as your library grows, the potential connections and avenues for study multiply and grow richer. Your books are all connected, searchable, and synchronized, so any book can function as a gateway to a network of information. Starting with a Verbum library is recommended, though some functionality is available even with a couple books.

Tools built to think like you

All Verbum books are extensively tagged. This tagging allows Verbum’s tools to find the right texts in your library and present them in a way that makes sense. Rather than keyword searches, Verbum’s tagging and tools allow for smart results that learn to think like you as you customize their behavior.

Smart results that learn to think like you.
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Smarter, dynamic links

“John 1:1” can refer to the RSVCE, any other translation, or the original Greek. We’ve built Verbum to understand that: the software’s advanced tagging allows it to intelligently recognize references for many of the key texts of the Tradition. The most common example is a Bible verse. A reference to “John 1:1” in Verbum isn’t just hard linked to a location in a particular Bible translation; it’s encoded intelligently, like a person would understand it, so that whatever language or translation of the Bible you use, it opens to the same place. The same holds true for Catechism paragraphs, sections of encyclicals, writings of the Fathers of the Church, and any number of other document types and reference systems. Verbum understands references abstractly in a way that makes any number of interactions possible:

Synchronized scrolling

Parallel texts—any books that share a data type—can scroll together and be substituted for each other with a click. This includes different Bible translations, the Bible and a commentary, liturgical books, and more.

Prioritized resources

You can control where links take you. Set your preferences and Verbum can look for a glossary entry in the Catechism before giving you a dictionary definition. Or you can prefer Latin papal encyclicals for research.

Systematic citations

Inconsistent citations to the same place are handled properly, so whether the author cites “the Summa of St. Thomas (p. 3. qq. 27–59)” or “S.Th. III, qq. 27–59,” Verbum knows you’re looking for the Summa Theologica’s Treatise on Christology.

Insight into the development of doctrine

This tagging also allows Verbum to quickly find references to a passage. Instantly search your library for all discussions of the Bible verse you’re studying, or find where St. Thomas cites a particular chapter of St. Augustine’s City of God. By reinterpreting diverse references to City of God, for example, Verbum helps you discover the citations in reverse, starting with the source and following the discussion chronologically to your favorite modern authors.

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Content curation

Enter a verse or topic, and Verbum presents you with relevant results from throughout the Tradition. Additional tagging on Bible verses and key resources ensures that you get the quality results you’re looking for. The Verbum team has read through the texts of the Tradition to present you with topics the Church has associated with today’s Gospel reading, or Bible verses supporting a given doctrine. Headword and image searches in guides give you the most-desired results instantly, and you can use prioritization and personal tags to customize the library’s behavior.

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Searches that understand pronouns

Verbum enables you to filter your search results to get exactly what you’re looking for. Tagged headers, footers, titles, and more make it easy to get the most relevant results. Select an advanced operator to narrow your results by proximity, result type, text field, and more. Verbum has even tagged words in the Bible with inferred content, so searching for a certain person returns hits even if he or she is referred to indirectly.

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A community for the universal Church

Verbum fully integrates with Faithlife, the Christian social network, so you can share your study with others. Social features allow you to share notes with specific friends, link them directly to a resource or tool, and post Community Notes to any Faithlife group. Access your community from within the Verbum app or from Faithlife.com.

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Original language tools

Richly tagged Greek, Hebrew, and Latin texts enable you to instantly look up a word in the lexicon of your choice or run powerful searches for specific words and morphological forms. Reverse interlinears link this data, word by word, to English Bibles, so you can move seamlessly between a translation and the original text. Run a Bible Word Study to see everywhere a word occurs in the Scriptures and explore its usage in depth, or search across the text of the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, and the Apostolic Fathers.

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Easy access to the information you want

The Bible’s people, places, and things are tagged every time they’re referenced. Not only can you search for Jesus and find pronouns referring to him; you can also see, with a click, the significance of Capernaum along with every time it’s referenced, or get a snapshot of information about the Ark of the Covenant, with images and infographics.

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