Bible Study

I’ve waited 20 years for this. I have the fantastic Verbum Catholic and Bible Software. They are doing it right! It is thoroughly Catholic — to my great joy. It continues to grow in resources and power. It is on my computer 24 hours a day!

But now the icing is on the cake! They have just released Verbum 6 with Bible atlases, Catholic Scripture commentaries, Church documents, timelines, Factbooks, lectionary and much more. But what I am thrilled with is the searchable Catechism. No longer a big cumbersome book on my lap or desk. It is fully searchable, linked to all the references AND is on my laptop, desktop, iPad and iPhone — all linked, synced and fast and very cool!

The Catechism is a spectacular hub for studying the Catholic Faith. The Catechism contains roughly 4,800 references to the Bible and other writings. The Logos edition links 95% of these to their sources, and these sources are themselves linked to other texts. The Catechism becomes a gateway into the Faith.

Hover the cursor over a footnote, Bible reference, quote from a Father or Council of the Church and a pop up window temporarily appears with the full quote. It is linked to the councils, to Scripture, to the whole 38-volume set of the Church Fathers — and that is just scratching the surface.

Check out this short video to see what power and speed and information is at your fingertips — even on a plane, in a car, under a tree, or in a class. You’ve gotta get this program if you love the Bible and the Catholic Faith.

See it below but BUY IT HERE FOR A 15% DISCOUNT  Enter Promo Code STEVERAY for the 15% discount.

See other demo videos on their website. This will make a great Christmas present for spouse, seminarian, friend, priest, studentor Yourself!

Click this for a short 2-minute video to show the POWER of Logos!

 From a friend: “Hello there Steve This is Bill from Saginaw. How are you, I thoroughly enjoyed your book Crossing The Tiber which I have given to several of my Baptists friend who are now talking civilly with me about my faith.

“With your book and the referral to Verbum I have learned an awful lot. Every time I log into Verbum I say a prayer you and your family. I do this out of gratitude for you introducing me to this wonderful Catholic resource. Thank you again Steve this really has made a difference in my journey.”

By the way, all my books and Bible studies are now on Verbum! Visit www.Verbum.com/SteveRay. Use the Promo Code SteveRay for the 15% discount.

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Catholic Church: “Don’t Read the Bible!”

by Steve Ray on November 8, 2014

bible-study-bannerWe often hear that the Catholic Church has forbidden the reading of the Bible! Have you heard this? Yeah, me too! But, this is another one of those big myths which has worked its way into the popular dialog but one that has not been proved from Church teaching and documents.

There are two good list of quotes from Church documents and leaders of the Church from the early centuries until today.

The second is a list of Catholic Bibles from ancient times that prove the charge against the Catholic Church false, since the Forewords and Prefaces prove that the Catholic Church PROMOTED the reading of Scripture.

Here is the beginning of a long article which gives a TON of information on this topic and proves the Catholic Church has not forbidden the reading of Scripture — but quite the contrary, it has always promoted the reading and study of Scripture by the faithful.

02064_early_church_fathersjpg.jpegDoes/Did the Catholic Church Forbid the Reading of the Bible?

In three parts:
1) Introductory Comments
2) Pope Leo XIII’s On the Study of Holy Scripture
3) Multiple Quotes from Fathers, Popes and Councils

You and I have both heard the myth: “The Catholic Church has forbidden Catholics from reading the Bible!”

I am not intending to say that Catholics, especially in the United States were always big Bible readers in the past.  Certainly there was a deficit in this area — and a certain shyness coming from the problems of Protestantism and their Bible-thumping ways.

But it is a MYTH that Catholics did not read the Bible until the late 20th Century —  until after Vatican II.  Those who could read (many could not read over the centuries and even today ½ the world’s population is effectively illiterate) did read the Bible when they had them.1 Catholic biblical scholarship did not begin with Pius XII. It seems almost ludicrous to have to say that since we Catholics have had the best and the brightest of biblical scholars long before modern times — just consider Origen, Tertullian, St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Thomas Aquinas just to mention a few.

There has been a very long history of Bible reading, study and scholarship stretching back to the beginning of Christian/Catholic history….

For the whole article and list of quotes, click here.

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http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/QuestionsforBibleChristians.pdf  (David Palm is the original compiler of the insightful list.) Check out this list of Questions for “Bible Christians” that they cannot answer.

I got a response in the Comments below, but thought I would post it here with my response.

DAVID COMMENTED: It is refreshing to hear a Romanist admit they are not “Bible Christians”.

STEVE RAY RESPONDS:
I fixed a bit of his punctuation and responded: DAVID: I admitted no such thing. We “Romanists” do NOT claim to be “Bible-aloneist-Christians” for that would be unbiblical. However, to your chagrin, we Catholics are the original and genuine Bible Christians — the ones who decided which books belong in your Bible :-) When I put Bible Christians in quotation marks (“Bible Christians “) it was said with tongue in cheek — thought most folks would understand that :-)

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Summer Picks – Books Steve Uses on Verbum Software

July 28, 2014

When Verbum asked me what books I would recommend for summer reading, it was easy to come up with some great titles. I use Verbum every day, and there are certain books I use over and over again. The books are all interconnected, so while you could sit and read any of the books I picked (they’re [...]

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Reading the Bible

July 28, 2014

A Little Poem about Bible Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But I found that [...]

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A Talk with 2 Purposes: Teach Foundations of our Faith & Demonstrate Verbum Catholic Software

June 23, 2014

Last month I gave a talk in Ann Arbor entitled “The Foundations of our Faith: Scripture, Tradition & Magisterium.” (Watch the video below.) As I love to do, I tied the Old and New Testaments together and showed the continuity that lays the foundation for who and what we are as Catholics today.  But my [...]

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So, Why is Abraham the Father of our Faith?

May 19, 2014

To purchase Steve Ray’s Talk “Abraham: Father of Faith & Works” on CD or MP3 visit SteveRaysStore.com. Well for starters, let’s see how he DID or DIDN’T respond to God when called to leave his homeland and go to a place that God would show him. Let’s put ourselves in his sandals and see what WE [...]

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Why Use Logos Catholic Bible Software? Why Indeed!

May 16, 2014

Check out this 2 minute video. If you love the Bible, want to know it better, want power to dig deep and understand, check out the video. And now it is also loaded with Catholic documents, commentaries, the Catechism, Trent, Vatican I, Vatican II, the Church Fathers, Papal Encyclicals, the Lectionary and much more. Wow! [...]

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A New Way to Study

May 14, 2014

Do you have an tablet or smartphone and wonder how you can use it to learn more about your Catholic faith and the Bible? Let me show you how!! In Ann Arbor Michigan, at 1:00 pm on May 31, I’m giving a free talk at St. Francis of Assisi parish called Foundations of our Faith. [...]

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The Bible out of Context

May 3, 2014

When reading the Bible devoid of its historical and textual context, there is no context except the context which any person might supply for it. or put otherwise, A text without a context is a pretext. I always get frustrated when self-proclaimed Bible students or teachers start pontificating about the meaning of the Bible and [...]

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The Technology of Scripture Study: The Middle Ages (and a hilarious video at the end)

March 16, 2014

I am an ecclesiastical historian by training and a Bible software guy by trade. Which, I think, puts me in the unique position to write about the history of the intersection of technology and Scripture study in a series of posts. Written by my friend Andrew Jones PhD: We might start with a description of [...]

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Join the Lenten Journey Free on Your Smartphone or iPad

February 28, 2014

The Sisters of St Paul have agreed to team up with Verbum Catholic Software to help people study the Gospel readings this Lent. They are hosting a Verbum Lenten Journey, and folks who sign up get a free book and the daily readings and commentary from Lenten Grace: Daily Gospel Reflections delivered straight to their inbox all through Lent.  This [...]

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Immaculate Conception? Look What Verbum Can Do!

December 9, 2013

This is so impressive I just had to give folks an opportunity to see this. There is a reason that thousands of Catholics are buying Verbum. What would Sts. Augustine and Aquinas think?! This is a short video that gives shows you how you can study the Immaculate Conception or any other topic in minutes [...]

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Download Jesus Free

May 11, 2013

Truth & Life just created a sticker encouraging people to “Download Jesus!” It is a easy way for people to get the FREE Truth & Life Bible app. (Endorsed by the Vatican). Click on the image below or scan the QR Reader.

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Will the Sisters Continue to Compete on the American Bible Challenge?

April 11, 2013

UPDATE: They won on Thursday! Bravo! They are on a winning roll – even knocking out a group of Protestant ministers! Bravo Sisters! Tune in once again to watch the Dominican Sisters of Mary compete for a second time on the Game Show Network’s (GSN). THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Thursday, [...]

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Using Computers and Smartphones to Do Apologetics: Scripture, Tradition & Answers at Your Fingertips

April 7, 2013

Every Catholic needs to learn apologetics. This does not mean we apologize for being Catholics :-). The word apologetics comes from 1 Peter 3:15 where our first Pope tells us we should be ready to explain and defend the TRUTH of our faith. The Greek word used by Peter is apologia. All of us are [...]

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