I had a decent amount of tax money coming back this year so I thought I would treat myself to something. I have been studying Catholicism on and off for the past year (?). I went through several different study bibles that were pretty bad, bought a catechism course, but didn’t really have anything comprehensive.
Enter Verbum software, which is basically an integrated software study suite. I only opted for the basic which still came in at nearly $300. The largest one comes in at a hefty $2,489.
I have only tinkered with it so far as I have been busy with another project all weekend, but what I have perused so far is pretty damn cool.
The base package comes with six different bibles, 2 interlinear bibles, 3 different bible commentaries including Haydock, and the four volume gospel commentary Catena Aurea, for a total of seven biblical commentaries, 22 reference books, 5 books from the patristic period including the 28 volume Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers first and second series and the 9 volume Ante-Nicene Fathers, 10 works of medieval theology, 29 books of modern theology, 2 books of modern scriptural studies, 12 works of church documents, 1 2-volume work of church history, a whole slew of works containing maps, photos and various media, 1 lectionary, 18 books under the heading of spirituality, 10 works on parallel passages and harmonies, 7 ancient language lexicons and grammar tools, and 4 sets of something they call data sets.
Or, you could have clicked the link above and seen for yourself.
So far it looks like a supreme learning tool. You can enter something in the search tool and come up with enough references and cross-references and this and that, that you could remain on the same topic for 12 weeks stopping only to get more cigarettes and coffee.
And if you ever manage to make a dent even in the basic beast, you can add to your library. Although I note with dismay that to get Aquinas’ Summa will require $240. I think I will try to see if there is a way to add web-books to the set.
The library is so extensive it takes over an hour for my computer to index it. That is because it is so massive my computer fan starts screaming after one minute of indexing.