Verbum Catholic Bible Study Software Review (by a soul):
(October 4, 2017) — I am doing this product review as I want my blog followers of MaryRefugeOfHolyLove to be made aware of a Catholic Bible Study Software that I have been trying out for the past few weeks. It is built on the Logos 7 Bible Study Platform which is used by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars and Bible learners. It is called Verbum.
If you have ever wondered how your parish priest reads the Holy Bible and prepares his weekly homilies, well, he is probably using Verbum software.
I am not new to Bible study software. From 2006-2013, I used older versions of Logos software, which was mainly based on Protestant works with the limited Catholic resources that were available at the time. In 2013, I tried out the new Verbum software which was geared for Catholics, and to be honest, I did not like it. The features were too clunky and not robust enough for me and there were not enough Catholic resources available, so I asked for a refund and gave up on Bible study software. Then, during the summer, I discovered a free Bible study software online, which was mainly Protestant based, but was sophisticated enough to meet my limited needs; and so, that was where I was at until a few weeks ago–when I decided to visit the Verbum website out of a whim, asking myself, “why not?”
Well, it was mid-September, and while searching the website, I discovered that there was a FREE “Basic” version of the Verbum software available for people to use. The FREE Basic version contained 12 resources, including two excellent Catholic Bible commentaries that I had never had before and two very good Catholic dictionaries. And because it was all FREE, I decided it was worth a try. So, I downloaded the FREE version to my computer.
Well, imagine my surprise, when I discovered that all my old eBooks that I had purchased between 2006-2013 downloaded with the FREE version, too. I found out that all the old Logos licenses were still honored and I was so happy to see the three Catholic commentaries that I had purchased before (two of them no longer available on Logos 7–the Oxford and Jerome commentaries), as well as other works that I had purchased (I had several books on Biblical counseling, Charismatic movement, and the complete Max Lucado library). And when I tried out the FREE version of Verbum, it was so much better–the improvements were more intuitive and powerful, I was instantly hooked. So, I purchased the “Starter” version of the software and I have been very happy exploring all the resources, so I am writing this review to recommend it.
Now, I want to say Verbum software is not cheap. Currently, they are having a sale for the “Starter” version, I believe until October 11, 2017, The Starter version is the most inexpensive version and Verbum is having a special sale–this is the first time the software is less then two hundred dollars. Yes, it is regularly almost three hundred dollars, so for most people, it is probably best to get the FREE Basic version and buy books as you need them. If it were not on a special sale and the fact that I got an additional discount for owning Logos before as I already had some of the eBooks, I would not have been able to afford even the Starter version. It is indeed a significant purchase.
However, I am happy to recommend the FREE Basic version to everyone. It comes with three different Bibles, two excellent Catholic commentaries, a very good Concordance, two Catholic dictionaries/encyclopedias, etc. Also, once you have the Verbum software, there are also a few other free resources available as well. There is a “free book of the month” for Verbum, as well as a free nondenominational Bible study collection (Lexham Intro), that I recommend downloading. Also, below is a short list of eBooks that I recommend purchasing if you only use the FREE Basic version (these eBooks come with the Starter version). They include two Catholic Bibles, the Catholic Lectionary, and the Catechism under Pope John Paul II.
Now, what can you do with the Verbum Bible Study software? Well, people who purchase the more advanced packages can study Sacred Scripture in the original languages of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. But, if you are like me, I just find it fascinating to study the different English translations, as well as the different interpretations among Biblical scholars for various Sacred Scripture verses. I also like learning the historical contexts for events and people in the Holy Bible and I like having access to historical maps, images, etc. The best part about having Bible study software is being able to trace verses and words between many different resources and eBooks. It makes Sacred Scripture become alive and interactive. I also like having many devotional eBooks in one place, as I love to do daily spiritual reading to improve myself.
I hope a lot of people take advantage of this offer. God bless!
Verbum 7 – Basic (FREE VERSION)
* Douay-Rheims Bible (DRA) — first English Catholic Bible
* Lexham English Bible (LEB) — ecumenical, non-denominational Bible based on latest Scriptural research and most accurate translation
* The Holy Bible: King James Version (KJV) — first English Protestant Bible
* A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture — famous older Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
* Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary — excellent older Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture that goes along with the Douay-Rheims Bible
* The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge — a Concordance, has over 800,000 cross-references, listing verses that illustrate how words and phrased are used elsewhere in the Holy Bible, starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation
* A Catholic Dictionary
* Catholic Pocket Dictionary and Cyclopedia
* Pictorial Lives of the Saints
* The Imitation of Christ
* The Confessions of Saint Augustine
* The Catechism of the Council of Trent (Text Only)
Official Description: This free version of Verbum Bible Software puts insights from across all of Scripture—and dozens of books—right at your fingertips. With Verbum 7 Basic, you’ll do basic Bible study tasks and see for yourself how Verbum can help you discover, understand, and share more of the biblical insights you crave. Customize a Bible reading plan, take notes and highlight, consult devotionals and commentaries, and more—all with the help of intuitive, interactive tools. Verbum 7 Basic is a limited-feature version of Verbum 7. With no credit card required, enjoy select features that are included in Verbum 7 libraries, as well as a few datasets, books, and other resources. The features, datasets, and books provided in Verbum 7 Basic are “access-only”, which means you have access to them, but do not own them permanently.
Verbum – FREE BOOK OF THE MONTH
* October 2017 Free Book: St. Augustine Faith and Works
Lexham Intro Collection (5 vols.) (FREE BIBLE STUDY EBOOKS)
* Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan
* Faithlife Study Bible
* Lexham Bible Dictionary
* Lexham English Bible (LEB) with Audio New Testament
* The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition
Official Description: Get started using Logos Bible Software with a collection of high quality Bible study resources—for free! With the Lexham Intro Collection, you’ll get right into the study of the Word. With an English Bible and Greek New Testament, an audio New Testament, a Bible dictionary, the world’s most advanced study Bible, and a 365-day devotional, you’ll begin to see why Logos Bible Software is the most acclaimed Bible software for serious biblical study. Whether using your tablet, phone, desktop, or Mac, this collection provides a well-rounded introduction to biblical studies in Logos.
Logos 7 FREE BOOK OF THE MONTH (Protestant)
* October 2017 Free Book: The Anchor Yale Bible: Romans (Protestant commentary)
Recommended Additional Resources with the FREE VERSION of Verbum:
New American Bible $9.99
New Jerusalem Bible $9.99
Lectionary – Catholic Daily Readings $4.99
Catechism of the Catholic Church (Pope John Paul II) $13.99